Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has announced that Paul Hyde is appointed to the position of chief financial officer.
Paul is a chartered accountant who joined the company in 1997 and occupied a number of senior finance roles before becoming the company’s strategy and development director, the company says in a press release.
He was appointed to the Edrington Board in 2015 as managing director of regional power brands. In this role he has combined the leadership of Edrington’s blended Scotch whisky and rum portfolio — The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, and Brugal — with geographical responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.
Hyde’s appointment comes following the death in July of Alex Short, 49, the past CFO of Edrington. Short joined Edrington in September 2014, though his work in the whisky industry and his association with Edrington date back to the 12 years he spent with William Grant, where he rose to become Grant’s representative on the board of Highland Distillers.
“His affection for Edrington and what it stands for brought him back to the company in 2014,” the company said of Short in a press release. “In just two years with Edrington, his enthusiastic and dynamic approach were key to the success of many business improvements, from development of the company’s strategy through to transformation in its systems.”