Pernod Ricard announced some big changes in executive leadership to close out the week. Paul Duffy, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard North America and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee (COMEX) will one stepping down to return to his native Ireland. In an unrelated move, Bruno Rain, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Winemakers, will also be retiring.
Duffy started at Pernod in 1994 as Assistant Finance Director of the Treasury/Planning Team at Irish Distillers Limited. Save a four year stint as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Absolut Company from 2012 through 2016, he has been with the company ever since. The exec is credited as the force behind Jameson’s extensive growth in recent years.
Ann Mukherjee will be taking over Duffy’s position. Over the course of her 30+ year career, Mukherjee held a number of management (mainly marketing roles) for companies including Kraft Foods Group, Frito-Lay, and PepsiCo. Most recently, she worked as Global Chief Commercial Officer for SC Johnson & Son.
“Paul will be remembered as one of our management team members who accompanied the growth of our Group over the last 25 years,” commented Pernod Chairman and CEO Alexandre Ricard in a statement. “We wish him the best for his return to Ireland. I am very pleased to welcome Ann to our Executive Committee. Her comprehensive marketing and commercial expertise will not only undoubtedly contribute to furthering the transformation of our ever-more consumer-oriented company, but to achieving our first and foremost objective: to accelerate our growth in our number one market, the United States.”
Rain started working for the spirits conglomerate as an Internal Auditor in 1987. Before landing with the wine group in 2016, he held a host of positions in the corporation including CFO and Managing Director, Group Human Resources.
Brian Fry will take the reins of the wine division. Fry joined Pernod in 2006 as Vice President, Marketing of Pernod Ricard Asia. He later held roles including President & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Brasil, Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard USA, and Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Pacific since 2016.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bruno for his commitment and contribution to the Group over the past 32 years,” said Ricard. “He has played a key role in the Group’s development, both in senior positions at Group Headquarters and leading Market and Brand Companies. We wish him every success in his future endeavors.”