Pierre Pringuet biography

02 Dec 2014

Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard

A graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École des Mines, Mr Pierre Pringuet started his career in the French civil service. He was Advisor to government minister Michel Rocard from 1981 to 1985 before being given responsibility for the farming and food processing industries at the Ministry of Agriculture.

He joined Pernod Ricard in 1987 as Development Director, playing an active role in the Group's international development and holding the positions of Managing Director of the Société pour l'Exportation de Grandes Marques (1987-1996) and then Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe (1997-2000).

In 2000, he joined Mr Patrick Ricard at the Holding Company as one of Pernod Ricard's two joint CEOs, together with Richard Burrows.

Mr Pierre Pringuet was appointed Director of the Board of Pernod Ricard in 2004 and led the successful acquisition of Allied Domecq in 2005 and its integration process. In December of that year, he became the Group's sole Managing Director.

In 2008, Mr Pierre Pringuet carried out the acquisition of Vin&Sprit (V&S) and its brand ABSOLUT Vodka which completed Pernod Ricard's international development. Following the withdrawal of Mr Patrick Ricard from his operational duties, Mr Pierre Pringuet was appointed CEO of Pernod Ricard on 5 November 2008, and was also appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors by the Board on 29 August 2012. Mr Pierre Pringuet is also the Chairman of the Sully Committee, which promotes the French food processing industry and was appointed Chairman of the Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP) (French Association of Private Enterprises) on 29 June 2012.

He holds the rank of Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, of the National Order of Merit and an Officer of the Agricultural Merit.