It’s been months in the making, but Hennessy have now announced the major restructuring of some of the key company players – brought about in part by the advancing years of current cellar master, Yann Fillioux.

Now aged 65, the question of his successor is only a matter of time (although 65’s not exactly over the hill…, but retirement must surely be on the horizon at some point).  He’s held this prestigious position since 1991 and is the seventh generation of the family who’ve been involved with the creation of Hennessy eaux-de-vie since the 1800s.

Hennessy Distillery

Hennessy have smoothly maintained his standing – guaranteeing it for the next three years – but have moved some other players into key positions in the company.

New faces for Hennessy

Olivier Paultes, formerly of Frapin, moves to become Hennessy’s ‘director of distilleries and communication skills.’  Alain Deret, who’s been with the cognac house for over 30 years, becomes ‘director of administration and production,’ and Florent Morillon – former director of the Charente Chamber of Agriculture – becomes ‘director of relationships with the world of viticulture.’

Each of these three heads of department will report directly to Hennessy President, Bernard Peillon.  However, Yann Fillioux will now also play the role of advisor to Mr Peillon, along with his cellar master duties.

It is hoped that this restructure will aid Hennessy in its ambitious target of doubling sales by the year 2020 – from 5 million cases in 2010 to 10 million in a decades time.

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Sources: www.sudouest.fr, www.charentelibre.fr

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