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Bagley has had a prolific career in travel retail

Doug Bagley joins William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons (WGS), the spirits giant behind brands including Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s and Sailor Jerry, has made another key appointment in the Asia Pacific territory.

Doug Bagley has been appointed as managing director for Asia Pacific, taking up the position on 14 May, when he joins from China International Duty Free (CIDF), where he was both CEO and a partner.

Bagley, who takes a seat on the WGS executive board, will be based in Singapore and report to WGS chief executive Simon Hunt.

Prior to his time at CIDF, Bagley held a number of leadership roles within Diageo including managing director of global travel and the Middle East; chief commercial officer, Asia Pacific; and commercial director of Australia and New Zealand.

Earlier in his career, he built up a wealth of experience working with Unilever where he was VP, customer development in China, having previously held a range of senior commercial roles with Unilever Foods across Australasia.

“A market-leading portfolio”

Bagley said: “I am excited to join a business with a market leading portfolio, a strong pioneering spirit and a clear connection to its family owned heritage. I look forward to contributing to the success of the business and working with the dynamic William Grant and Sons team.”

Hunt added: “This is an important role within our business in one of our key regions. Doug brings a wealth of leadership experience from companies and industry organisations with strong track records in Asia. I am delighted to welcome him to our business and executive board as we continue to go from strength to strength in the Asia Pacific region.”

Bagley’s appointment comes in quick succession to Matthew Williams joining WGS as its new regional director for Asia Pacific global travel retail. Williams joined from Amer Sports Corporation, the sporting goods company behind brands including Salomon, Wilson and Atomic, where he served as regional sales director (VP) Asia Pacific.