Ian is a graduate of Glasgow University where he gained a B.Acc (Hons). He undertook his CA training with Arthur Andersen & Co, qualifying in 1985. Ian then joined The Edrington Group in 1986, working in finance before moving into operations management.
He was appointed Group Operations Director in 1997 before taking on the role of Chief Executive in 2004. Edrington is Scotland’s leading international premium spirits company and currently owns and produces some of the best known premium spirits brands in the world, including The Famous Grouse, The Macallan Highland Single Malt, Brugal Golden Rum, Cutty Sark and Highland Park.
Ian is vice chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association and Chairman of The North British Distillery Company Limited.
He is a trustee of The Robertson Trust which controls the Edrington Group and is one of Scotland’s leading grant making charities.