Distillers’ global travel operation given a boost

Ian Macleod Distillers has appointed Mark Robinson as business development manager, reflecting an increased strategic focus on the company’s Global Travel Retail business.

Robinson, who started on 1 May ahead of TFWA Singapore, spent 19 years with Imperial Tobacco and was latterly head of key accounts and customer marketing Global Duty Free. He will be responsible for Southern and Western Europe (excluding Dufry), Middle East and Africa and will also be the channel lead for airlines and cruiselines.

He joins the team led by GTR director, William Ovens and will work alongside the BDM for North, Central and Eastern Europe, Lars Bruns, activation executive, Sarah Tounsi, Commercial Coordinator, Gwen Fleming and training and admin support, Katie Burns.

William Ovens said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Mark to the team, his considerable experience of the channel will be of great use to us as our GTR business moves on to an exciting new stage of its development.’

Ian Macleod Distillers is one of Scotland’s leading independent family owned distillers, blenders and bottlers. It was named Distiller of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards 2018.

Its GTR-focused core brand portfolio is rooted in single malt and blended Scotch whisky and gin and includes Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt, Smokehead Islay Single Malt, King Robert II Blended Scotch Whisky and the UK’s number one Super Premium Gin, Edinburgh Gin.