Bladnoch Distillery expands leadership team


Bladnoch Distillery as they look to the future and expand their senior leadership with a number of renowned industry veterans joining the team to lead Bladnoch to their next stage of growth as owner, David Prior transitions away from day-to-day operations.

The new team will be headed up by new CEO Glen Gribbon, who will be joining Bladnoch’s Master Distiller Dr. Nick Savage once again, with whom he worked with when they were  previously both at The Macallan.  Reflecting on this partnership, Gribbon remarked, “It’s a privilege to work alongside Dr. Nick Savage again. I think we both see in this brand some of the same magic that sat behind the success of The Macallan, in particular a commitment to exceptional casks.

“What David has achieved since buying the distillery is incredible – the definition of brave – and it gives the new team an excellent foundation to build on. There is a powerful brand and whisky story to tell, and our job is now to effectively tell this story to premium whisky drinkers worldwide.”

In a further link to The Macallan, David Pattison, previously Managing Director, Edrington Taiwan, will also be supporting Bladnoch in the key APAC region. Pattison joins Jonathan Owen who is taking the role of Commercial Director for EMEA and Americas, leveraging his extensive expertise to elevate Bladnoch’s business strategies, and Allison Renfrew who has joined as Bladnoch’s Marketing Manager, bringing her innovative approach to drive the brand’s outreach.

David Prior, the visionary behind Bladnoch’s revival in 2015, said fo the new team, “Having built a strong inventory since acquiring the business, we are now in a position to accelerate the growth of Bladnoch Single Malt.

“Nick has created an exceptional range of Bladnoch products, combing two cask styles for each product to create an incredible range of tastes. To drive growth, we wanted to recruit the best marketing and commercial capabilities we could find and The Macallan seemed like a great place to start!

“Glen’s experience with fast growth premium brands will make him a great CEO, but just as importantly as his experience, I know he is aligned with the values of the Bladnoch business.”

Pictured: Glen Gribbon

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