Simon Hunt has decided to step down as CEO of William Grant & Sons after almost five years in the role.
Hunt took over as CEO following the departure of Stella David in 2016. He will provide a short period of handover, but as of yesterday (22 October), William Grant’s chief financial officer has taken on Hunt’s responsibilities.
William Grant & Sons, which owns Glenfiddich Scotch whisky and Hendrick’s gin, said a new CEO will be appointed in due course.
A statement from William Grant & Sons said: “The board would to thank Simon for his contribution over the past 13 years and wish him all the best for the future. During his time with the company in a number of different roles, 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 programme from which the company will continue to benefit going forward.”
Hunt joined William Grant & Sons in October 2007 as managing director, North America. In April 2013 he was promoted to chief commercial officer, before assuming the role of CEO in May 2016.
Hunt added: “I am incredibly proud of all that I have achieved working with a brilliant team of people at William Grant & Sons, but now is the time for me to move on and I wish the company all the best for its ongoing success.”
Via The Spirits Business