Rémy Cointreau appoints Simon Coughlin CEO of new “Whisky” business unit

Remy_Cointreau_logoFollowing the recent acquisition of the Domaine des Hautes Glaces and Westland distilleries, Rémy Cointreau has announced the creation of a “Whisky” business unit within the group.

Simon Coughlin, CEO of The Bruichladdich Distillery Company, is taking over the management of the Whisky business unit, which comprises the Bruichladdich distillery (the Scottish single malts and Islay gin), the Domaine des Hautes Glaces (the French single malts) and Westland (the American single malts).

Coughlin’s mission is to unlock the full potential of the various brands, says the company. This ambition is very much in line with the group’s strategy of becoming the world leader of exceptional spirits.

Douglas Taylor, currently Global Brand Director, will become CEO of The Bruichladdich Distillery Company. Frédéric Revol will continue to fulfill his role as CEO of the Domaine des Hautes Glaces, while Mark Breene, Marketing Director of Rémy Cointreau USA, has been appointed CEO of Westland Distillery.

Earlier this month, The Rémy Cointreau Group announced the acquisition of 100% of the capital of the Domaine des Hautes Glaces, The organic mountain farm distillery, located in the French Alps, crafts single malt whiskies.

In December, Rémy acquired the assets of Washington’s Westland Distillery, which produces American single malt whiskey. Last year, Westland was named “World Craft Producer of the Year” by Whisky Magazine, while all three of its flagship malts (the American Single Malt Whiskey, a Peated Malt and a Sherry Wood expression) have received scores of 95 points or more within the past year.