Ten leading female spirits industry executives

8th March, 2017 by Annie Hayes - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

To mark International Women’s Day, The Spirits Business is celebrating the talents of 10 of the spirits industry’s leading female executives.

According to data analyst Catalyst, women hold just 12% of board seats across all industries globally, and on average earn 77% of men’s salaries – the equivalent of what their male counterparts were earning 10 years ago. This is a narrow picture which doesn’t take into account characteristics such as race or age – but it is one which should encourage all of us to seek further progress towards true, meaningful equality.

Indeed, International Women’s Day serves as an important reminder of the work which has already been done as we move towards gender equality – and also highlights that a good deal still needs to be done. This has particular resonance in the often male-dominated spirits sector.

The woman featured over the pages that follow are responsible for steering some of the world’s biggest spirits organisations at a time of geopolitical headwinds, economic uncertainty and political instability. They embody leadership which, regardless of gender, is needed at a time of profound change.

There are, of course, many more women who have made invaluable contributions to the sector in the boardrooms of industry powerhouses across the globe – this list is by no means definitive. And it is important to note that one day we hope there will be no remit to highlight the achievements of women in such a list, when true equality means women leading global businesses will be the norm.

In the continuing spirit of International Women’s Day, click through to discover 10 top female spirits industry executives, in no particular order.

One Response to “Ten leading female spirits industry executives”

  1. James Espey says:

    Do notice Beanie Espey and Rebecca Jago—the daughters’ of the founders—who are effectively running The Last Drop Distiller Ltd–The world’s most exclusive Spirits Company.
    Tom Jago –now 92 is President Emeritus and I have moved to NON Executive Chairman and Brand Ambassador

    James Espey

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