A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
Ellis will report directly to Denis O’Flynn, managing director, Pernod Ricard UK and will become a member of the Pernod Ricard UK executive committee.
A statement from the company said this promotion recognises Ellis’s "contribution to Pernod Ricard UK over the last seven years, both as sales operations & planning director and commercial strategy director for the wines & spirits portfolio and for the last four years as channel director for off-trade spirits".
This appointment follows Simon Thomas’s decision to leave the business for personal reasons and Lee James’s transfer to premium wine brands.