Distil plc (AIM: DIS), the owner of premium drinks brands RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Vodka, Blavod Black Vodka, Trøve Botanical Spirit, Jago's Cream Liqueur and Diva Vodka, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Keiller as an independent Non-executive Director with effect from 1 July 2021.
Mike brings a wealth of experience to the business. Having begun his career as a chartered accountant, Mike went on to hold senior finance and business change roles at Guinness plc, United Distillers Europe and Diageo plc in its early development stage.
Continuing this experience of business transformation, Mike joined Suntory owned Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd as CEO in 2000, developing a vision and strategy which converted the business from bulk whisky supplier to a strongly profitable consumer brand marketing-led business with globally acclaimed single malts. He retired from full time management in 2014 after assisting Suntory with the integration of their acquisition of Beam Inc. Following this, from 2015 to 2018, Mike was Non-executive Director of The Last Drop Distillers Ltd which was sold to The Sazerac Corporation in 2017.
Don Goulding, Executive Chairman of Distil, commented:
"I am delighted to welcome Mike to the board as we seek to further strengthen our team and take Distil into the next phase of development particularly in the area of premium malt whisky. His breadth of industry experience in Scotland, the UK and internationally, together with a proven track record of driving transformational growth will bring significant value to the business."
Further information in relation to Michael Colvin Keiller (aged 66)
In addition to his appointment to the Board, Mr Keiller holds or has held the following directorships or partnerships in the past five years:
Current directorships Previous directorships
None Last Drop Distillers Limited
Garc Reading Limited
Mr Keiller holds no ordinary shares of the Company.
Save for the information above, there are no further disclosures to be made in accordance with Rule 17, Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies in respect of the appointment.