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Edrington-Beam Suntory appoints Temperley GM for London

Published:  30 October, 2018

Edrington-Beam Suntory has appointed former head of Diageo Reserve Nick Temperley as its new general manager for London.

Taking on his new role with immediate effect, Temperley will in his new position be responsible for the running of London operations across specialist, luxury and on-trade accounts, as well as wholesale, cash-and-carry and convenience.

As head of Diageo Reserve, he was responsible for the performance and equity of Diageo’s premium spirits portfolio in Great Britain and Ireland.

He also held roles as Diageo’s investor relations director, as a divisional finance director based in Amsterdam and in innovation and commercial finance manager roles.

The appointment came at an “exciting time" in Edrington-Beam Suntory’s development, said managing director Mark Riley.

“Our key city strategy has already driven substantial growth in London. With Nick’s leadership and proven track record of building and launching brands into the premium category, we believe there is immense unrealised potential,” he said.

Temperley said he was looking forward to work with the team to “unlock the next phase of growth in one of the most vibrant premium spirits markets in the world”.

In addition to representing leading whisky brands, Edrington-Beam Suntory also handles UK sales and distribution for Courvoisier cognac, Snow Leopard vodka, Roku gin, Brugal 1888 rum and a portfolio of liqueurs and specialities (including Sourz, Bols liqueurs, Galliano and After Shock).

Following Temperley’s departure, Diageo has promoted Richard Larkin to head of its Reserve GB arm.

Previous to his new appointment, Larkin’s role involved spearheading key GB trade channels strengthening the status of the portfolio of ‘super premium’ brands comprising Ketel One Vodka, Ron Zacapa and Johnnie Walker Blue Label.