This is a poignant moment for me. When we started InterBev USA three years ago, Pat Graney was the first person I turned to in order to help us launch and grow this business. Today, as a result of Pat's efforts, we are building a wonderful company, representing substantial global brands in the USA. There is no doubt that Pat is ready to lead the company and take it to the next level.
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New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 2, 2009
International Beverage (InterBev), a wholly owned subsidiary of the $2.6 billion publicly traded leading alcohol beverage producer Thai Bev, today announced that Pat Graney will assume leadership of InterBev USA as General Manager, effective Oct. 1. Graney will be taking the reins from John Lennon, who established the company in the USA three years ago, and will be leaving to assume a new role within the industry.
In making the announcement, Barrie Jackson, CEO of InterBev stated, "InterBev USA is now well established in the marketplace, with a growing portfolio of beer and spirits brands brought to market by a highly skilled team of drinks industry professionals. We are delighted to be able to appoint Pat Graney, who was brought into the company early on by John Lennon, and who has led successfully our sales and marketing efforts in the Western USA. Pat brings a wealth of experience and is highly prepared to assume the role. "
Graney brings a winning track record in various leadership roles for major beverage producers to his new position at InterBev USA, where he served nearly three years as Western Zone Vice President. Prior to that he was General Manager for Bacchus Energy Beverage Company, where he established and managed the company's operations in the US within the growing energy drinks market. Before that Graney served as VP and Western Division Manager for Beck's North America, a subsidiary of the global brewer, where he reversed a trend of declining sales. Earlier, Graney held senior management roles with several global beverage producers including Canada's Labatt, Mexico's FEMSA, Heublein and Seagram.
Considering his new role, Graney stated, "I am thrilled to be assuming leadership of IBHL USA at this time. With our unique portfolio of super-premium international brands including Chang Beer, Mekhong Thai Spirit, Speyburn and Old Pulteney Single Malt Whiskies, soon to be augmented by several new products, we will be entering an exciting new phase in the company's development."
Lennon, who is leaving the company on Oct. 1, stated, "This is a poignant moment for me. When we started InterBev USA three years ago, Pat Graney was the first person I turned to in order to help us launch and grow this business. Today, as a result of Pat's efforts, we are building a wonderful company, representing substantial global brands in the USA. There is no doubt that Pat is ready to lead the company and take it to the next level."
More About International Beverage (InterBev)
International Beverage is a wholly owned subsidiary of ThaiBev Group and is responsible for the production, distribution and marketing of a portfolio of premium, global beverage brands.
InterBev was established in 2005 to facilitate the continued expansion of the drinks business outside of Thailand. Global operations are managed out of four regional headquarters located in the United Kingdom, Singapore, China and the USA.
InterBev exports its brands to more than 84 countries outside Thailand and its operations include distilleries in Scotland, China and across South East Asia.
More About International Beverage USA (InterBev USA)
International Beverage USA (InterBev USA) is a subsidiary of InterBev and was established in 2006. The operation is charged with developing the company's diverse international portfolio of branded Asian spirits and beer, and now the Inver House Distillers portfolio from Scotland, throughout the U.S.
The company has East Coast and West Coast sales offices that service the U.S. nationwide. Current brands include international award-winning Chang Beer, the fastest growing Asian Beer import in the U.S., and Mekhong - The Spirit of Thailand, which has received a number of international tasting awards and is capturing the imagination of noted mixologists in New York City and elsewhere.
Recently, InterBev USA assumed responsibility for importing and distributing Speyburn and Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, which are produced by award-winning Inver House Distillers, a subsidiary of InterBev. Based in Scotland, the company operates five distilleries (Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, Knockdhu and Balmenach).
More About Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (Thai Bev).
ThaiBev was incorporated in Thailand in October, 2003 in order to consolidate Thailand's leading beer, spirits and non-alcohol businesses owned by the principal shareholders and their business associates under a single holding company. ThaiBev was subsequently listed on the Singapore Exchange ("SGX") on May 30, 2006. The listing was the largest in Singapore in ten years, raising US$1.574 billion (or Baht 38.08 billion) and received great interest.
The major substantial shareholder in ThaiBev is Mr. Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, family and associates, who own approximately 64.94% of the company's paid-up share capital (as of December 31, 2007), the rest being held by private groups, investment institutions and retail investors.