Gordon & MacPhail has appointed Phillip White as its new CEO.
White will join the Elgin-based business in April 2024 and lead it into its next chapter, which will see it gradually move away from the independent bottlings that helped make its name and focus more on its two Scotch whisky distilleries, Benromach and The Cairn.
White has many years' experience in the food and drink industry across marketing, sales, and distribution roles, including 10 years with Bacardi and Brown-Forman. Most recently, he held the position of managing director at Kent Frozen Foods and Medina Foodservice.
His appointment follows an announcement last year from Gordon & MacPhail's managing director Ewen Mackintosh that he would be retiring in 2024 following more than 30 years with the company, including 10 as managing director.
Gordon & MacPhail chairman Neil Urquhart said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Phillip to the Gordon & MacPhail team and believe he is the right person to lead the business, thanks in part to his excellent leadership qualities, and experience working with global brands, UK retail distribution, and the wider spirits industry.
“This is an exciting time for the company as we look forward to executing our ambitious plans to continue building our brands internationally, developing our workforce, and embarking on a significant capital investment phase to prepare the business for future growth while remaining true to our values.”
White added: “Taking on the role of chief executive at Gordon & MacPhail is an honour. The company has grown significantly, particularly over the last few years, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue building a successful family business committed to inspiring enthusiasts around the world to discover, appreciate, and enjoy the finest single malt whiskies and highest-quality spirits.”
Following the opening of its groundbreaking distillery The Cairn in 2022, Gordon & MacPhail is undertaking a multi-million-pound renovation at its flagship South Street shop in Elgin. The premises is due to reopen in 2024 with a revamped retail offering – including a notable collection of rare bottlings – and a new visitor experience with tasting rooms.