Ten leading Asian spirits executives

10th February, 2021 by Nicola Carruthers

The drinks sector is seeking to drive change in the industry by ensuring that their workforces are diverse and inclusive. Here, we highlight 10 Asian spirits executives at the top of their game.

Coral Gill

Coral Gill, regional market director, Asia Pacific, Edrington

Across every industry, not just drinks, companies have pledged to support racial diversity and eradicate racism across their operations.

Some companies have set ambitious goals to champion diversity in their workplace, including Johnnie Walker owner Diageo, which is striving to have 45% representation of leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds by 2030, and have 50% of all leadership roles occupied by women.

Meanwhile, a number of companies revealed new initiatives and investments to help people of all backgrounds enter the spirits sector, and stop the spread of racism.

Last year US drinks firm Constellation Brands, producer of Svedka vodka, pledged a US$100 million investment in Black and minority-owned alcohol businesses over the next decade.

In July 2020, Pernod Ricard USA created a crowdsourcing app to help consumers flag hate speech on social media. A number of major firms, including Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Pernod Ricard and Diageo, also joined the Stop Hate for Profit movement by pausing paid advertising on social media throughout July 2020 to tackle hate speech.

The Spirits Business reached out to a number of major spirits firms to ask them to highlight some of their top Asian executives, spanning roles in marketing, finance, public relations, brand management and travel retail.

Click through to the following pages to see 10 Asian executives across the spirits sector. 

To see our roundup of 10 of the industry’s top Black executives, click here.

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