An honour and a pleasure…!

After more than five and a half years working in spiritsEUROPE, Friday 22 September will be my last day as Director General.  What a great pleasure and honour it has been for me!  I have been privileged to work with a fantastic group of people – from my wonderful spiritsEUROPE colleagues, to our great members, and to the much broader set of committed and forthright stakeholders with whom we work on a daily basis.

I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work in a sector that takes its responsibilities very seriously, but which also knows how to enjoy life.  The five years have been a blast!

On Monday, I will start with PepsiCo as their Senior Director, Public Policy Government Affairs and Communications, still based in Brussels.  I am excited by the opportunity of working with such a global company that has such deep European roots:  over the last five years, PepsiCo has invested more than €690 million in the EU; employs more than 17,500 people in the EU; and operates 38 manufacturing sites and 17 large distribution centres across the continent.

In due course, the Board will announce my successor.  I wish her or him the same pleasure from the position that I have enjoyed.  Thank you very much!

Paul Skehan