North American Bacardi president resigns19th August, 2014 by Lauren Eads
Bacardi’s north American president has resigned from his role to pursue “other opportunities”.
Robert Furniss-Roe, 50, will remain as an advisor to Bacardi’s global CEO for an “extended period of time.”
Peter J Carr, 48, described by the company as an “industry veteran”, will take over the role of Regional President of Bacardi North America as of September.
“Pete possesses an extraordinary mix of spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverage knowledge with a proven leadership track record of increasing profits in the marketplace,” said Mike Dolan, Bacardi’s CEO.
“Combined with his strong relationship and team-building skills and keen understanding of both the supplier and wholesale sides of the industry, I’m confident he will have a positive impact and drive results in our largest market.”
Mr Carr has nearly 25 years of experience in the beverage industry, most recently working as Executive Vice President for Glazer’s Distributors – one the largest distributors of wine, spirits and malt beverages in the US.
Prior to joining Glazer’s, Mr Carr held senior management roles with Diageo, including President of US Spirits, President of Sales for Diageo-Guinness USA, and President of Control States.
“I am personally thrilled to be joining Bacardi with its exceptional portfolio of some of the best-selling and most iconic spirits in the industry. There are tremendous opportunities to grow the business and value in North America,” said Mr Carr.
Mr. Furniss-Roe joined Bacardi in 1989 and during that time played a pivotal role in developing and expanding the company.
“Bacardi saw rapid growth in Russia, expansion in South America, the development of new markets such as India, and the launch of successful innovations in North America,” said Mr. Dolan.
Dolan was appointed Bacardi’s interim CEO in May this year, following the retirement of Ed Shirley.