William Grant & Sons unveils change at top

Stella David is to depart the helm of William Grant & Sons after six years at the venerable whisky maker.

William Grant said Simon Hunt will replace Stella David as chief executive

The firm behind the world’s third-largest blended Scotch said she had decided to step down as chief executive at the end of February and will be succeeded by current chief commercial officer, Simon Hunt.

David is to focus on building upon her existing portfolio of non-executive directorships which include positions on the board of C&J Clark and HomeServe.

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Since joining William Grant in 2009, she has overseen the acquisition of Tullamore Irish whiskey and iconic Scotch liqueur brand Drambuie.

David said: “I am immensely proud of my time at William Grant & Sons and there is no doubt that there is a huge amount I am going to miss about the company.

“It has been an incredible journey. I wish the company every success for the future.”