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Edrington names CFO following Alex Short death

The Macallan Scotch whisky maker Edrington has named Paul Hyde as its chief financial officer following the death of Alex Short, who passed away last month at the age of 49.

Alex Short, Edrington’s CFO, has died aged 49

Short, who joined Edrington as CFO in September 2014, passed away on 4 July. His association with the company dated back to the 12 years he spent with William Grant & Sons, where he served as Grant’s representative on the board of Highland Distillers.

Edrington said in tribute to Short: “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.

“He stood out as ambitious and confident, but his friends and colleagues remember him best for his personal qualities. He knew instinctively how to lighten a dull or difficult moment, often with an anecdote in which he was the butt of the joke.

“Alex will be greatly missed by his many friends at Edrington, who have sent their sincere condolences to his wife, Ellen, and their three children.”

The company has now appointed long-time employee Paul Hyde to the position of chief financial officer.

Paul Hyde has taken over as Edrington’s CFO

A chartered accountant, Hyde joined Edrington in 1997 and occupied a number of senior finance roles before becoming the company’s strategy and development director.

He was then appointed to the Edrington Board in 2015 as managing director of regional power brands, heading strategies for The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, and Brugal, with geographical responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.

“I’m very pleased to confirm that Paul will become Edrington’s chief financial officer,” said Ian Curle, CEO of Edrington.

“He has made a significant contribution to the company’s development over a period spanning nearly 20 years. His extensive commercial experience and leadership qualities will be invaluable for this key board appointment.”

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