Brown-Forman northern Europe director retires

11th July, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

Long-standing Brown-Forman executive Andrew Wilby will retire from his position as vice president and area director of northern Europe at the end of January 2018.

Andrew WIlby has worked at Brown-Forman for 17 years

Wilby also serves on the board of directors of Edward Dillon – Brown-Forman’s joint distribution venture in Ireland – and is a member of Brown-Forman’s European leadership team.

He began working at Brown-Forman in 2000 as managing director for the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. During his tenure, volume sales of Jack Daniel’s tripled in the UK, where it is now the best-selling whiskey brand.

Wilby also worked across numerous innovations in the Jack Daniel’s portfolio, including Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Lynchburg Lemonade, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have worked for so much of my career with fantastic people and great brands,” said Wilby. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 17 years with Brown-Forman and I am grateful for the trust and confidence the company and the Brown family have always shown in me.

“I feel particularly privileged to have worked with such an enthusiastic and talented team in London. It has been a real pleasure to see individuals in that team develop and grow their careers.

“I hope I am leaving a little bit of the business in better shape than when I started and I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Brown-Forman has not yet announced a replacement for Wilby.

In May this year, Brown-Forman elected United Parcel Service executive Kate Gutmann to its board of directors.

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