Gordon & MacPhail managing director to retire

Gordon & MacPhail managing director to retire

The Scotch independent bottler and retailer has announced the departure of long-time managing director Ewen Mackintosh

News | 26 May 2023

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Scotch whisky retailer and bottler Gordon & MacPhail is searching for its next managing director after long-time boss Ewen Mackintosh announced plans to retire.

Mackintosh, who has spent his entire career with Elgin-based Gordon & MacPhail including the past 10 years as managing director, has announced he will be stepping down in spring 2024, reflecting that now felt like the "right time" to do so.

He said: "I have seen, and been part of, many exciting developments over the last three decades including the purchase and reopening of Benromach Distillery in Forres, the release of some of the world’s rarest single malt whiskies, and more recently the successful building and establishment of the Cairn Distillery and visitor centre.

"With the company in such a strong position, I feel it is the right time to hand the baton on as Gordon & MacPhail looks forward to its next exciting chapter. I’d like to thank my colleagues both past and present for their commitment and dedication over the years, no more so than over the last three years in dealing with the pandemic and subsequent adjustments."

Neil Urquhart, chairman at Gordon & MacPhail, said: "As a family business our people are hugely important to us, and we are indebted to Ewen for more than three decades of service.

"Ewen’s dedication and commitment has supported huge growth and change throughout the business, and his leadership shines through in the highly skilled and talented team he’s helped build and develop. Ewen’s leadership of the project to build and commission the Cairn Distillery is testimony to our long-standing approach of investing for future prosperity."
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