Former Irish Distillers Chairman appointed Deputy CE at Pernod Ricard

Alexandre Ricard, former Chief Executive of Irish Distillers Group, has been made Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Pernod Ricard Group, having been co-opted onto the Board as a Director to replace Patrick Ricard who passed away suddenly on 17th August.

Alexandre spent a number of years here in Ireland as Chief Financial Officer and later as Chief Executive at IDG. He joined the Pernod Ricard Group in 2003 as Audit & Business Development Manager and moved to Ireland at the end of 2004. In 2006 he was made Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Asia Duty Free and was appointed Chief Executive of Irish Distillers Group in 2008 as well as being a member of Pernod Ricard’s Executive Committee. In 2011, he joined the Group General Management as Managing Director in charge of the Distribution network.

Paul Ricard SA informed the Board of Directors that its permanent representative will now be Paul-Charles Ricard, replacing Alexandre Ricard.

Other PR Board changes see Danièle Ricard being appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors at IDL Pernod Ricard. A member of the management team and Director of Ricard SA between 1967 and 1975, she has held a seat on the Board of Directors of Ricard SA, now Pernod Ricard, since 1969. She’s a member of the Strategic Committee and has supported every transformational acquisition carried out by the Group over the last decade. She was Chairman and Chief Executive of Société Paul Ricard SA until 2004 and became Chairman of the company’s Management Board in 2005.

Pierre Pringuet has meanwhile been appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board and will continue to act as Chief Executive at the Paris-based company.

These appointments reflect the Board of Directors’ intention to see Alexandre Ricard succeed Danièle Ricard and Pierre Pringuet in their duties as Chairman and Chief Executive at the end of January 2015, at which time Pierre Pringuet will have reached the statutory age limit for a Chief Executive.

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