6th May, 2014 by Lauren Eads
Patrón Spirits has announced the appointment of its new global director of travel retail, John Kilmartin.
Kilmartin, who will direct all worldwide duty free for the Patrón portfolio of brands, began his career in travel retail at Aer Rianta Internationa in the former Soviet Union 22 years ago.
Since then he has held positions in Europe and the US within the drinks industry including distribution, supply chain management, procurement management, commercial operations and brand and business development.
For the last three years, he has worked in a consulting capacity for Patrón Spirits, responsible for commercial activities with key European travel retail operators.
Dave Wilson, global chief operating officer, said: “John’s hard work and deep relationships in the industry have contributed greatly to our growth and success in the travel retail channel, particularly in Europe.
“This is a new position at Patrón Spirits, clearly reinforcing our strong commitment and support for the duty free channel. There’s no one more skilled and experienced than John to fill this role, and we’re thrilled that he has chosen to join us, officially.”
Kilmartin was born in Ireland and educated in England and Scotland and now resides in Switzerland with his wife.
On his appointment Kilmartin said: “I am truly delighted and thrilled to be joining Patrón Spirits in this new role. Patrón is a fantastic company that has achieved extraordinary results in a relatively short space of time within travel retail. I look forward to working with Dave Wilson, Patrón Regional Directors and our partners to ensure that Patrón and our iconic product portfolio remains at the forefront, and that we continue to lead and innovate within the ultra premium spirits sector.”
Patrón’s portfolio of luxury spirits includes its flagship brand, Patrón Tequila, Ultimat vodka, and Pyrat rum, which are available in more than 140 countries.