Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 10-119th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
6. DANIÈLE RICARD
This August, Danièle Ricard took over as non-executive chairman of the board of Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest drinks company, replacing her late brother, Patrick Ricard. Danièle’s father Paul founded the company in 1932.
Among Pernod’s wine brands are Mumm and Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Australian brands Jacob’s Creek and Wyndham Estate, New Zealand winery Brancott Estate, and Rioja stalwart Campo Viejo.
In November, the company introduced former NBA basketball star Yao Ming’s wine into the US, having launched it in an exclusive deal in China, Ming’s home country, earlier in the year. Pernod posted net sales of €2.2m for the first three months of this financial year, up 11% on last year, with Asia driving the growth, up 13% on last year, while sales in India were up 18%.