Jim Clerkin (66) was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Company in April 2017. Jim has over 40 years’ experience in the beer, wines, champagne and spirits industry. He has worked in the industry in Ireland, UK, France, Canada, Mexico and the United States at senior levels including managing director and CEO roles. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of global drinks to the Board including by way of his roles at Guinness Ireland, Diageo and Allied Domecq for North America. In 2008, Jim was asked to take over the Moet Hennessy (LVMH) wine and spirits business in the US as President and CEO. In 2015, the territory was extended to include North America. In 2020, he was appointed to a new role as President of Strategic Development and advisor to the global CEO. Jim has also served on the Board of the Distilled Spirits Council USA for twelve years. In additional to his professional career, Jim has also been the Chair of Co Operation Ireland (USA) which is a renowned peace and reconciliation charity.