Over his 40-year career, Jim Clerkin has worked for many prominent companies in the wine and spirits industry. In his current role, as President of Strategic Development and Advisor to the CEO, Jim is an Executive member of the Moët Hennessy Operational Committee, carries responsibility for key areas of global strategic development and participates in defining and executing the global Mergers & Acquisition strategy. Furthermore, Jim leads the Woodinville Board of Directors. Jim joined Moët Hennessy in 2008, and prior to his current role, he held the roles of Executive Vice President and COO at Moët Hennessy USA and most recently of President and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America.
Jim began his career in Ireland, where he rose through the ranks at Guinness, to ultimately become an executive member of the Board of Directors. In 1994, Grand Metropolitan recruited him to head its Irish wines and spirits division. Following his tenure at Grand Metropolitan, Diageo appointed him as EVP and President, assuming responsibility for Diageo’s wine and spirits division in the Western region of the United States, and consecutively, he joined Allied Domecq in 2003 as President for North America and Canada.
Jim has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of C&C Group plc since April 1, 2017. He currently resides in New York City, and is committed to supporting various philanthropic causes. Jim is the Chairman of Co-operation Ireland in the U.S., which is a nonprofit that promotes peace and sustainable reconciliation in his home country of Ireland.
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Born in Belfast 1945. Founded Oasis Retail Services Ltd in 1968 which, from small beginnings is now a significant operation, with the main emphasis of business development being in Northern Ireland employing circa 140 people. Former National Chairman (Adult Gaming Centres Division) of BACTA (The British National Trade Association). Current Chairman of NIACTA (The Northern Ireland Amusement Trade Association). Past President of BCTC and Former Director of BCCM. Former Chairman of the Northern Ireland Private Sector Funding Group IEF. Current Deputy Chair of Belfast Jewish Community. Current President of NIFI (Northern Ireland Friends of Israel).
Garvan O’Doherty Group
Garvan O’Doherty Group is an established, successful and dynamic organisation involved in hospitality (both on and off trade) and property sectors in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. It is also involved in a range of development projects which will be at the forefront of tourism and cultural developments in Northern Ireland.
Ian and Julia McLernon
Ian McLernon is the President and CEO of Remy Cointreau America’s, and Julia McLernon is an Executive Director in Global Technology at JP Morgan. Ian and Julia have travelled extensively having lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and now New York, where they live in Manhattan with their two sons. Both are originally from Northern Ireland, Ian from Ballymoney and Julia from Drumahoe.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.
Retired Senior Executive and active Independent Non-Executive Director. Board Chair at Glanbia Plc, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd (Lough Gill Distillery). Formerly CEO Intl Beam Inc , CFO Diagram Spirits and Wine Group, Partner PwC New York and Chair Supervisory Board Maximum BV.