Scotch Whisky Association appoints new Chief Executive
16 Sep 2013
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed a new chief
David Frost CMG, director for Europe, Trade and International
Affairs at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS),
the UK Government department focusing on economic growth and trade
policy, will take over from Gavin Hewitt when he steps down as
planned at the end of 2013.
In his role in BIS, Mr Frost has been the senior official
responsible for the UK's trade policy, working closely with the EU
Commission, other major trading countries, and a wide range of
commercial and trade bodies. He is a diplomat by profession, and
has been HM Ambassador to Denmark (2006 to 2008) and a director for
both Strategy and the EU in the Foreign and Commonwealth
David Frost said: "My career to date working in economic, trade,
and EU affairs in the UK and overseas has given me a wealth of
experience of global commercial issues which will stand me in good
stead in my new role in the Scotch Whisky industry. I am excited
about taking up this new position at the helm of this
highly-respected trade body which provides an invaluable service to
the industry. I am also very much looking forward to living
and working in Edinburgh."
Gavin Hewitt joined the SWA in October 2003 and has overseen a
time of global growth and increased investment for the Scotch
Mr Hewitt said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my ten years as chief
executive of the Scotch Whisky Association. The industry has
expanded to meet surging global demand, with exports almost
doubling in the last ten years and unprecedented levels of new
investment. Scotch Whisky is vital to the UK and Scottish
economies. David Frost's experience of working closely on economic
affairs in the UK and overseas fits him well for the role of SWA
NOTES TO EDITORS
Gavin Hewitt will remain with the SWA until the end of the year.
David Frost will join the SWA from 2 January 2014.
Please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA communications manager,
0131 222 9230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures of Mr Hewitt and Mr Frost are available on our Flickr