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News Alert: William Grant & Sons CEO Simon Hunt Steps Down

October 22, 2020

Simon Hunt, who has led William Grant & Sons for nearly five years as chief executive, has stepped down and is leaving the company. A successor will be named in due course. In the meantime, William Grant & Sons chairman Glenn Gordon and CFO Giles Wilson will assume Hunt’s duties on an interim basis.

In a statement, the company’s board noted that during Hunt’s tenure “the profitability of the business has grown considerably, and Simon has driven a large part of this. Latterly as CEO, he has delivered a new strategy for the business and embarked on a significant capital development program from which the company will continue to benefit going forward.” Among Grant’s recent investments have been its distillery projects in Ireland for Tullamore Dew and Milagro in Mexico.

Hunt had been with William Grant & Sons since October 2007, initially as managing director, North America. In April 2013 he was named chief commercial officer, before replacing Stella David as CEO in 2016.

According to Impact Databank, William Grant & Sons has U.S. volume of approximately 3 million cases, out of global volume of more than 12 million cases. Jonathan Yusen, the company’s president and managing director, Americas, recently discussed the distiller’s U.S. outlook in an interview with SND.—Daniel Marsteller

William Grant & Sons USA—Key Brands
(thousands of 9-liter cases depletions)
Brand Type 2018 2019 Percent
Change1
Sailor Jerry Rum 697 633 -9.1%
Hendrick’s Gin 410 452 10.2%
Clan MacGregor Scotch Whisky 374 341 -8.6%
Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 281 300 6.8%
Milagro Tequila 280 295 5.4%
Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky 200 210 4.8%
Reyka Vodka 134 148 10.3%
Balvenie Scotch Whisky 109 117 7.5%
Grant’s Scotch Whisky 107 96 -10.1%
Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky 69 80 16.4%
Drambuie Liqueur 54 52 -2.7%
Total Key Brands2 2,714 2,725 0.4%
1 based on unrounded data
2 addition of columns may not agree due to roundingSource: IMPACT DATABANK © 2020
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