Irish Distillers appoint Blackrock man Conor McQuaid as new chief executive

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Conor McQuaid

Irish Distillers have appointed Blackrock man, Conor McQuaid, as their new chief executive.

Irish Distillers have appointed Blackrock man, Conor McQuaid, as their new chief executive.

Outgoing chief Jean-Christophe Coutures will head up Pernod Ricard’s scotch whiskey business, Chivas Brothers.


Mr McQuaid joined Irish Distillers in 1998 as a regional manager for their southern European markets.

He will return to Ireland to take up the role on July 1st, 2018, after being based in Cape Town for the last number of years.

The announcement was made after the Irish drinks firm revealed that that had broken the four million case milestone for Jameson whiskey in the first half of 2017.

The companies sales growth has grown from 12 percent in value and 11 percent in volume, according to The Irish Times.

Irish distillers have said that the market for their spirits has grown strongly in the Asian and Latin American markets, however, the company said that the market for spirits in the Republic of Ireland “remained challenging”.