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New chairman for drinks firm

Gillies to succeed Murray at Edrington

Crawford Gillies
Norman Murray

Crawford Gillies is to become chairman of drinks group Edrington, succeeding Norman Murray who is retiring from the post after four years.

Mr Murray joined the owner of whisky brands such as Famous Grouse and The Macallan as a non-executive director in 2012 and will step down at the annual general meeting.

Mr Gillies joined Edrington as a non-executive director this year. He is also a non-executive director on the boards of SSE and Barclays, where he chairs the remuneration committee.

He has a wide range of business experience across four decades, initially with Bain & Company, a firm of international management consultants, where he became European managing director.

He has also chaired Scottish Enterprise and founded The Saltire Foundation, which helps develop entrepreneurial leadership in Scotland.

Mr Murray said: “I am very pleased to announce that Crawford will take over the chairmanship of Edrington and know that his extensive international business experience will be invaluable to the Company and I wish him all the very best.

“During my five years with Edrington I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this unique company. It has been a privilege to work with so many great people who have driven commercial success and simultaneously promoted the values that set Edrington apart.

“I am confident that they will build on that success and wish them continued success in their future endeavours.”

Commenting on Mr Murray’s contribution to Edrington, Ian Curle, chief executive, said: “My colleagues and I have very much enjoyed working with Norman. He has chaired our board with distinction and we will miss his wise counsel and his positive encouragement.”

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