Appointments at Pernod Ricard
PARIS -- February 28, 2013
Press Release - Paris, 28 February 2013
Pernod Ricard (Paris:RI) is pleased to announce the following move, effective
as from 1^st of July 2013:
Laurent Lacassagne, currently Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod
Ricard Europe, is appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Chivas
Laurent will report to Thierry Billot, Managing Director – Brands, and will be
based in London.
Christian Porta, currently Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Chivas
Brothers Ltd is appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard
Christian will report to Alexandre Ricard, Deputy Chief Executive Officer &
Group Chief Operating Officer, and will be based in Paris.
Laurent Lacassagne, 51, 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 since July 2008 he has
held the position of Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe.
Christian Porta, 50, is a graduate from ESCP Business School (Paris). 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 Ltd.
About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated
sales of €8,215 million in 2011/12. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard
and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both
organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin
& Sprit (2008).
Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the
sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute
and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac,
Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and
Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo
and Graffigna wines.
Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of nearly 18,800 people and operates through
a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 75 “Market
Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed
to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption.
Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its
expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.
Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code:
FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
Contacts Pernod Ricard
Jean TOUBOUL, Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 41 71
Financial Communication – Investor Relations VP
Stéphanie SCHROEDER, Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 42 74
External Communications Deputy Director
Alison DONOHOE,Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 42 14
Florence TARON, Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 40 88
Press Relations Manager
Carina ALFONSO MARTIN, Tel: +33 (0)1 41 00 43 42
Press Relations Manager
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