A company statement says: “Following a restructure of the branded business unit within William Grant & Sons the company is disappointed to announce that Gordon Dron, managing director, EMEA has made the decision to leave the business.”
Dron joined Grants in April 2006 as MD, Southern Europe and was soon promoted to the role of MD, Europe and became a member of the executive committee. He was then promoted to MD, EMEA in November 2010.
The company says he was “highly successful in developing a strategy for the region which ‘ignited a new wave of growth’ for WG&S Europe”.
He was responsible for establishing and implementing the route to market strategy which Grants says has been essential to its success in recent years and has resulted in a transformation in its strategic partnerships.
His leadership is said to have resulted in increased profitability in all core brands including Hendricks in Spain and Grants in France. He also led the integration of Tullamore Dew into all the key routes to market across EMEA.
In addition, Grants says Dron built a high performing team that enabled the delivery of the vision and strategy for this key region.