Andrew Davie has been appointed HR director at Chivas Brothers, the newly
formed Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard. The company is responsible for
the export and marketing of a portfolio of malt whiskys.
Davie sees drawing together two separate entities into one business as his
biggest challenge: "I want to successfully integrate Pernod Ricard’s two
Scotch whisky businesses to form a single brand-owning company." He says.
"Along with my team I hope to continue making a positive contribution
to the ongoing development of the new company."
He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the HR function
including: employee relations; compensation and benefits; pensions and payroll.
Davie, who also holds a law degree and is a qualified solicitor, believes
that companies ignoring the value of HR will see a negative impact on their business.
"There are so many ways in which the work of the HR department can help
improve the bottom line and so many ways where neglect in that area can result
in an adverse impact," he explains.
Davie is most excited about drawing together old and new colleagues to help
meet a wide range of objectives and challenges.
"I consider myself very fortunate to have been appointed to a role
which holds so many interesting challenges, to be met both immediately and in
the long term," he says.
Davie will be part of a nine-strong management team reporting directly to
chairman and chief executive Georges Nectoux.
2001 HR director, Chivas Brothers
1994 HR director Campbell Distillers, Pernod Ricard and World Brands Duty Free
1991 Company secretary, House of Campbell Group
1989 Assistant company secretary, ICI Nobel’s Explosive Company
On the move
Rob Gill has moved up from staffing
manager to HR manager at Landmark. The Leatherhead-based company develops
software and services for companies in the oil and gas industry. As HR manager
for the UK and Europe, he will be responsible for the development of staff,
compensation and benefits and assisting the strategic direction of the firm.
Johann Nel has been promoted to HR director of South African
Breweries plc. The newly created post means Nel will sit on the executive
committee. Nel, who joined the firm in 1997 as HR director for its South
African division, will look after the HR department, covering 31,000 staff. SAB
has 108 breweries in 24 countries. Prior to joining the company he worked for
ITISA consulting, specialising in organisational change, strategy and
manufacturing service processes.
Anne Gill has joined Avon as
vice-president of HR. She succeeds Bronwen Curtis who has become the Civil
Service Commissioner after 24 years at the Northampton-based cosmetics company.
Gill, who also sits on Avon’s board, will be responsible for the HR needs of
the company’s 2,500 employees. T&D is a top priority but she also wants to
create a high-performance culture with staff encouraged to take responsibility
for their own learning.