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Co-leader in the Wines & Spirits sector worldwide, Pernod Ricard has established itself as number one in the Premium segment. It operates through 80 affiliates and has chosen to focus on sustainable growth through a large portfolio of international brands and a high-end strategy, known as Premiumisation.

Management structures

The Group’s management structures are organised around the General Management, the Executive Board and the Executive Committee (COMEX). Under the General Management’s authority, the COMEX is responsible for conducting the Group’s business activities, ensuring that its key policies are applied and liaising between the Holding Company and its subsidiaries.

Executive Board

Top, from left to right:
Christian Porta, Laurent Lacassagne, Ian Fitzsimons, Philippe Guettat, Anna Malmhake, Pierre Coppéré,
Jean-Christophe Coutures, César Giron

Bottom, form left to right:
Bruno Rain, Thierry Billot, Pierre Pringuet, Gilles Bogaert, Philippe Savinel, Paul Duffy, Philippe Dréano, Alexandre Ricard

 

Management Structures

The Group’s management structures are organised around the General Management, the Executive Board and the Executive Committee (COMEX).
Under the General Management’s authority, the COMEX is responsible for conducting the Group’s business activities, ensuring that its key policies are applied, and liaising between the Holding Company and its subsidiaries.

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

The Group’s General Management is led by the Chief Executive Officer, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer, and three Managing Directors in charge of the Brands, of the Finance and of the Human Ressources and Corporate Social Responsability. The Markets are managed by the Chief Operating Officer.
The General Management coordinates the Group Executive Committee's meetings. Meetings are held three times a year between the General Management and the direct subsidiaries; topics covered include strategy, the four-year plan, the budget, and a business review.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board is the permanent body responsible for coordinating and directing the Group. It is comprised of the Group’s General Management and the General Counsel.
The Executive Board initiates and reviews all decisions relating to Group affairs and submits such matters to the Board of Directors that require its approval. It also organises the work of the Executive Committee.


As of 30 June 2013, the Executive Board is composed of:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee is the Group’s management body comprising the General Management, the General Counsel and the Chairmen of the direct subsidiaries.
It helps to develop the Group’s strategy and liaises between the Holding Company and its subsidiaries, as well as between the subsidiaries themselves (Brand Companies and Market Companies).
Under the General Management’s authority, it is responsible for conducting the Group’s business activities and ensuring that its main policies are applied.
 

In this capacity, during its monthly meetings (11 per year), the Executive Committee:

  • analyses the progress of the Group’s activities;
  • actively participates in setting financial and operating objectives (financial results, debt and qualitative objectives);
  • reviews brand and market strategies, analyses results and evaluates any changes in the organisation;
  • approves and implements the Group’s main policies.

As of 30 June 2013, the Executive Committee is composed of:

  • Pierre Pringuet– Vice-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Pierre Pringuet

Graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École des Mines, Mr Pierre Pringuet started his career in the French civil service. He was Advisor to government minister Michel Rocard from 1981 to 1985, before being given responsibility for the farming and food processing industries at the Ministry of Agriculture. He joined Pernod Ricard in 1987 as Development Director, playing an active role in the Group’s international development and holding the positions of Managing Director of Société pour l’Exportation de Grandes Marques (1987-1996) and then Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe (1997-2000).
In 2000, he joined Mr Patrick Ricard at the Holding Company as one of Pernod Ricard’s two joint CEOs, together with Richard Burrows. He was appointed Director of Pernod Ricard in 2004 and led the successful acquisition of Allied Domecq in 2005 and its subsequent integration . In December 2005 , he became the Group’s sole Managing Director. In 2008, he carried out the acquisition of Vin&Sprit (V&S) and its brand ABSOLUT Vodka which completed Pernod Ricard’s international development. Following the withdrawal of Mr Patrick Ricard from his operational duties, Mr Pierre Pringuet was appointed CEO of Pernod Ricard on 5 November 2008, and was also appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors by the Board on 29 August 2012.
Mr Pierre Pringuet is also Chairman of the Sully Committee, which promotes the French food processing industry, and was appointed Chairman of the Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP) (French Association of Private Enterprises) on 29 June 2012.
He holds the ranks of Knight of the Legion of Honour, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Officer of the Mérite Agricole.
  • Alexandre Ricard– Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer
Alexandre Ricard

Mr Alexandre Ricard is a graduate of ESCP, the Wharton School of Business (MBA majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship) and of the University of Pennsylvania (MA in International Studies). After working for seven years outside the Group, for Accenture (Management and Consulting) and Morgan Stanley (Mergers and Acquisitions Consulting), he joined the Pernod Ricard group in 2003, in the Audit and Development Department of the Holding Company.
At the end of 2004, he became the Administrative and Financial Director of Irish Distillers Group, and then CEO of Pernod Ricard Asia Duty Free in September 2006. In July 2008, he was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Irish Distillers Group and became a member of Pernod Ricard’s Executive Committee. In September 2011, he joined the Group General Management as Managing Director, Distribution Network and became a member of the Executive Board. Mr Alexandre Ricard was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer by the Board of Directors on 29 August 2012. He was the permanent representative of Société Paul Ricard (a member of the Board) , from 2 November 2009 until 29 August 2012, at which time he was co-opted as Director of Pernod Ricard.

  • Thierry Billot – Managing Director, Brands
Thierry Billot
Thierry Billot joined Pernod Ricard in 1982 as an Internal Auditor. He was appointed Finance and Administration Director of Pernod in 1985, before being named Chief Financial Officer of Pernod Ricard in 1986. In 1996, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod and then, in 2002, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Europe. He has been Managing Director, Brands since 1 July 2008.
  • Gilles Bogaert – Managing Director, Finance
Gilles Bogaert
Gilles Bogaert joined the Group in 1995 as an Internal Auditor. He was named Finance and Administration Director of Pernod Ricard Argentina in 1998, and then of Pernod Ricard Central & South America (CESAM) in 2002. In 2003, he became the Group’s Audit and Business Development Director at the Holding Company. In 2008, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Brazil. He has been Managing Director, Finance since 1 July 2009.
  • Bruno Rain – Managing Director, Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility
Bruno Rain
Bruno Rain joined Pernod Ricard in 1987 as an Internal Auditor. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Group in 1994. In early 1997, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Argentina. In 2000, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s Spanish subsidiary. He became Managing Director, Human Resources on 1 September 2006. In 2010, he was also given responsibility for the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility policies: Responsible Drinking, Environmental Responsibility and Social Ethics.
  • Ian FitzSimons – General Counsel
Ian Fitzsimons
A qualified solicitor in England and Wales, Ian Fitzsimons joined Pernod Ricard in 2002 as General Counsel after having held the position of Director of Legal Affairs for Europe and Africa at Seagram.
  • Philippe Guettat – Chairman & CEO of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët
Philippe Guettat
Philippe Guettat, a graduate of HEC Business School, joined Pernod Ricard in 1991 as Export Sales Manager at Renault Bisquit. In 1992, he was appointed Marketing Manager at Prasia Distribution (now Pernod Ricard Singapore). He was promoted to Regional Marketing Director of Pernod Ricard Far East in 1994, before becoming Sales & Marketing Director at Casella Far East Ltd. Hong Kong (now Pernod Ricard Hong Kong). In 1997 he was promoted Managing Director before being named Vice-President, Marketing & International at Pernod. In 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of Pernod Ricard China. In July 2009, he became CEO of the Absolut Company, the Sweden subsidiary in charge of Absolut, Malibu and Kahlúa. Since October 2012, he is the CEO of Martell Mumm Perriet Jouët.
  • Pierre Coppéré – Chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard Asia
Pierre Coppéré
Pierre Coppéré, a graduate of ESCP Business School, joined SEGM in 1979 as Export Market Manager. He held successive positions as Sales Director for SEGM in Germany, Group Marketing Manager for SEGM, and Sales Director for Renault Bisquit. In 1996 he was appointed Pernod Ricard’s Regional Vice-President for Southeast Asia and Managing Director of Perithai (Thailand). In 1997, he was named Managing Director of Polacek and Preco (Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary), and in 1998, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Nederland. In 2001 he was promoted to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod SA . He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Asia since 1st July 2009.
  • Jean-Christophe Coutures – Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Jean-Christophe Coutures
Jean-Christophe Coutures, a graduate of ESCP Business School, joined Pernod Ricard in 1997 as Business Analyst at CSR Pampryl before being appointed Chief Financial Officer of Pernod Ricard Asia in 2000 and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Korea in 2005. In 2006, he became Managing Director of Jinro Ballantine’s Company Limited (JBC) and Jinro Ballantine’s Import Company Limited (JBI C). In 2008, he is appointed as head of Pernod Ricard Pacific. In 2010, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the newly created affiliate Premium Wine Brands, now Pernod Ricard Winemakers.
  • Philippe Dréano – Chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard Americas
Philippe Dréano
Philippe Dréano, a graduate ESSEC Business School, joined Pernod Ricard in 1989 as Marketing Manager at SEGM. In 1991 he was appointed Regional Export Director for Pernod International and later, in 1994, Managing Director of Perithai (now Pernod Ricard Thailand). In 1996, he was named Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Japan before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Asia in 2000. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Americas since 1st July 2009.
  • César Giron – Chairman & CEO of Pernod
César Giron
A graduate of the École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon, Mr César Giron joined the Pernod Ricard group in 1987 where he has spent his entire career. In 2000, he was appointed CEO of Pernod Ricard Swiss before becoming Chairman and CEO of Wyborowa SA in Poland in December 2003.
Since 1 July 2009, Mr César Giron has been Chairman and CEO of Pernod, a French subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.

  • Philippe Savinel – Chairman & CEO of Ricard
Philippe Savinel
Philippe Savinel, a graduate of ESSEC Business School, joined Pernod Ricard in 1985 as Internal Auditor before heading up the Budget Planning department at the Holding Company in 1987. In 1989 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Orangina and in 1993 he joined the Ricard company where he became Finance Director and then National Sales Director in 1997. In 2001 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Irish Distillers. He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ricard SA since 2005.
  • Paul Duffy – Chairman & CEO of The Absolut Company
Paul Duffy
Paul Duffy, 46, BBS Trinity College, FCA, joined Pernod Ricard as Assistant Finance Director Treasury / Planning of Irish Distillers Limited. In January 1996, he was appointed Financial Controller Irish Distillers Group, and became its Finance Director in March 1997. In January 2001 he was appointed Chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard UK and in May 2005, took up the position of Chairman & CEO of Irish Distillers Group. In July 2008, he became President and CEO of Pernod Ricard USA and since September 2012 , he became the CEO of The Absolut Company.
  • Christian Porta – Chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe
Christian Porta
Christian Porta, is a graduate from ESCP Business School. After starting his career at Arthur Andersen in Audit Services for four years, he joined Pernod Ricard in 1988 as an Internal Auditor following which he became Head of Financial Services at the Holding. In 1994 he was appointed Finance and Administration Director at Pernod, before moving to London in 1998 as Managing Director of Campbell Distillers. In 1999 he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Orlando Wyndham, based in Australia, before moving back to London at the beginning of 2004 as Chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers. Since the 1st of July 2013, he is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard Europe.
  • Anna Malmhake – Chairman & CEO of Irish Distillers
Anne Malmhake
Anna Malmhake Bachelor in Social Science Business and Law from the University of Stockholm, joined The Absolut Company in 2007 and by 2009, held the position of Marketing Director. In September 2011, she became the Chairman & CEO of Irish Distillers.
  • Laurent Lacassagne – Chairman & CEO of Chivas Brothers
Laurent Lacassagne
Laurent Lacassagne is a graduate from HEC Business School (Paris). He joined the Group in 1988 as Internal Auditor at Pernod Ricard before being appointed Finance and Administration Director of Besserat de Bellefon, Cusenier, then SEGM (former name for Pernod Ricard Europe). In January 1997, he was appointed Group Finance Director, before moving to Australia in November 2003 as Chairman & CEO of Orlando Wyndham. In February 2006 he was appointed Chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard Pacific and in July 2008 he took the position of Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe. Since the 1st of July 2013, he is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Chivas Brothers.