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Edrington appoints new CEO as Curle retires

Published:  07 December, 2018

Edrington has announced its CEO Ian Curle will retire in March 2019 after 15 years in the role, and 32 years with the company.

At the same time, the premium spirits company revealed Scott McCroskie - currently a member of the Edrington board and managing director of The Macallan, is to step into Curle’s shoes.

In his time with the business, Curle’s vision had “transformed Edrington” and positioned it well for the “great opportunities that lie ahead”, said chairman Crawford Gillies.

“I want to thank Ian for his 32 years of outstanding service, and particularly the 15 years in which he has been a wise and inspiring chief executive,” he said.

Choosing Curle’s successor had been been a “thoughtful search process”, he added.

Taking on his new role from 1 April 2019, McCroskie was the right leader to build on Curle’s “hugely successful” tenure, said Gillies.

“Scott has accumulated a wealth of experience during 20 years in senior roles in the drinks industry. As an Edrington board director and managing director of The Macallan, he has delivered remarkable success and contributed greatly to the business.”

McCroskie said: “It has been a privilege working with Ian over the past 10 years. He has led Edrington to great success, and leaves an amazing legacy, not least with the new Macallan distillery. I am delighted to take on the CEO role from him, and fully intend to work with the team at Edrington to build on the strong position we have achieved under his leadership.”

Having joined Edrington in 1986 through its subsidiary Lang Brothers, Curle became group operations director in 1997 before succeeding Sir Ian Good as CEO in 2004.

Curle said: “Edrington’s best days lie ahead, and through Scott’s leadership it will continue to be an ambitious, dynamic business, and a cornerstone of the Scotch Whisky industry that maintains and nurtures the ethos of giving more that has underpinned the company for 157 years.”