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Inver House Distillers promotes Martin Leonard to managing director

Published:  13 July, 2017

Inver House Distillers, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings, has appointed its current operations manager, Martin Leonard, to managing director.

Leonard, who has been with the business for 17 years, will take on his new role when current managing director, Graham Stevenson, retires in September this year.

Following 23 years at the helm of the business, Stevenson departs Inver House Distillers to take up a new role with The Glenallachie Consortium.

Stevenson left the business and brands in “excellent shape” for future growth and success, said Leonard, adding his ambition was to continue the “dedicated leadership” of Stevenson.

“After 17 years with the Inver House Distillers business I am very much looking forward to taking up this new position, bringing my experience and knowledge of working in every aspect of operations to the role.”

Leonard joined Inver House Distillers in 2000 as group quality manager before becoming operations manager for the main warehousing and blending site. He has held the post of operations director since 2007 with responsibility for the five Inver House Distilleries in Scotland – Pulteney, Balblair, Balmenach, Speyburn and Knockdhu, plus all maturation, blending and bottling, logistics, health and safety and quality assurance across the business.