Australian gin producer Four Pillars has expanded its global trade team with the appointment of two new Trade Managers, namely Claire Kewney and Albane Corbi.
The new appointments follow a 178% growth in export markets during 2020, and two consecutive years of being awarded the IWSC International Gin Producer of the Year (2019 and 2020).
Kewney will be responsible for driving growth and distribution for Four Pillars in the UK, Europe and Africa and growing the company’s footprint into more markets including Ireland, Germany, Spain and several central European markets.
She joins Four Pillars from Ian MacLeod Distillers where she was in charge of International Brand Development for Edinburgh Gin. Prior to this she had almost a decade of experience working at leading global drinks producers Beam Suntory and Diageo.
Corbi joins Four Pillars from Singaporean distribution company Carus Global, bringing more than 12 years of experience working in the beverage industry, including in positions at Pernod Ricard in Australia and France.
She will be responsible for all markets across Asia, growth into North Asia and a clear focus on our established strongholds of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
‘A STRONG FINANCIAL YEAR 2020/21’
The two new Trade Managers will report to Four Pillars Global Trade Director, Mark Lawton, who joined the company in late 2019. Lawton will continue to report to Co-Founder Stuart Gregor.
“We’re thrilled to have Claire and Albane join the team as Four Pillars enters a new phase of global growth,” said Lawton.
“Having their experience and knowledge in their respective markets will help us further focus our global trade strategy and deliver commercial outcomes for the business across these markets, as well as the global travel retail sector, whenever it might return…”
Despite the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, Four Pillars delivered a strong year in financial year 2020/21 with UK & Europe delivering 82% growth, and Asia delivering 121% growth.
Four Pillars is currently available in more than 25 markets across the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, UK, France, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada and the UAE.