Published On 12/30/2017

Alex Ricard wishes you a Happy 2018!

Message from Alex Ricard, Chariman & CEO of Pernod Ricard, to all employees.

Dear all,
2017 was a step change year for our Group and I’m thrilled to be ringing in 2018 at the head of a Company that exceeds expectations. Thanks to our 18,500 committed Pernod Ricard ambassadors, we accelerated the pace of our sustainable growth and have already started to reap the fruits of our reframed consumer-focused business model.

2017 was also both a special and a difficult year for me personally. We celebrated our son Joseph’s first birthday at the end of October and a few days later mourned the passing of my father Bernard Ricard. These major life events, one so happy and the other terribly sad, helped put things into perspective for me.
It will come as no surprise that I strongly believe family to be at the heart of everything. Not just in the traditional sense, but also from a broader perspective. I consider you, my colleagues at Pernod Ricard, to be part of my family and I’m proud that you carry my family name to the four corners of the world. This is why I would like to sincerely thank all of you for the great work you are doing.
In a few hours’ time we will gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve with our closest family and friends, to raise our glasses in hopeful anticipation of the year ahead. I trust that you will all enjoy a genuine moment of togetherness and sharing, a true moment of the “convivialité” that we seek to spread throughout a world in need of warmth. Yes, there is still a lot do on that front and it is up to every one of us to passionately promote our convivial ideal in order to live together... better. So let’s keep up the pace! 

Wishing you and yours a joyful, prosperous and healthful New Year 2018!

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About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €9,182 million in FY19. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has developed through organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive brand portfolios in the industry, including: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s brands are distributed across 160+ markets and by its own salesforce in 73 markets. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 19,000 employees to be true on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of “Créateurs de Convivialité.” As reaffirmed by the Group’s three-year strategic plan, “Transform and Accelerate,” deployed in 2018, Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term, profitable growth for all stakeholders. The Group remains true to its three founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics. As illustrated by the 2030 roadmap supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “We bring good times from a good place.” In recognition of Pernod Ricard’s strong commitment to sustainable development and responsible consumption, it has received a Gold rating from Ecovadis and is ranked No. 1 in the beverage sector in Vigeo Eiris. Pernod Ricard is also a United Nation’s Global Compact LEAD company.
Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN Code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

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