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The Power 100 Panellists

The panel of drinks experts has over 200 year’s combined experience in the global drinks industry. They have been involved with all of the major drinks companies and held positions of responsibility in virtually every market. Between them they hold detailed financial and marketing knowledge of every brand covered in this report, and many more besides. Nearly 10,000 brands were looked at in the compilation of this research, across all markets, in every territory.

Stuart Whitwell
Stuart Whitwell
Joint Managing Director of Intangible Business

Stuart spent 10 years with Hiram Walker in Europe and Asia Pacific, specialising in brand and market business development projects, holding various senior positions in finance, business development and general management, latterly as regional director of finance and business development for Asia Pacific. Since leaving Hong Kong, where he set up a consultancy undertaking projects for Brown-Forman, Pernod Ricard and Jose Estevez in China and the Philippines, Stuart has carried out many projects for drinks companies such as Absolut, Allied Domecq, Campari, Pernod Ricard, Fortune Brands and Angostura. Stuart is co-founder and joint managing director of Intangible Business.

Alan Craig
Alan Craig
Director at Intangible Business

Alan has dedicated his business life to the drinks industry, working for companies including Whitbread and Allied Domecq. He has held numerous senior positions, such as head of customer services for Long John Whisky Distillers, financial controller for brands such as Ballantine’s and Teacher’s and was finance director for a number of spirits brands including Beefeater Gin and Lamb’s Navy Rum. He has also been further involved in the drinks industry through his work with Intangible Business.

Allan Caldwell
Allan Caldwell
Director at Intangible Business

Allan has considerable international drinks experience working throughout Europe, North and South America and the Far East. For 10 years he held a variety of senior, commercial and finance roles and was responsible for numerous business restructurings, acquisitions and sustained profit growth, latterly as finance & commercial services director for Allied Domecq's Duty Free division. He has since been heavily involved in the drinks industry through his work with Intangible Business.

Donard Gaynor
Donard Gaynor
Non-executive Director at Bord Bia

Donard was responsible for Beam Global's industry relations and advancing the company’s growth strategy by building strategic commercial business partnerships. He retired from the position in 2012, but maintains a keen interest in the drinks industry as well as acting as a non-executive director for a number of food and beverage companies. Furthermore Donard served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director International from 2003 to 2010, responsible for Beam Global’s international business, credited with leading the Allied brand acquisition and integration. Prior to joining Beam, Donard spent nearly 10 years at The Seagram Spirits & Wine Group in a variety of executive leadership positions, including SVP of human resources, CIO, SVP Operations and CFO. Donard also helped to lead the sale of Seagram’s global business to Diageo and Pernod-Ricard. Prior to his spirits and wine experience, Gaynor spent more than 14 years in the New York office of PwC.

Lou Applebaum
Lou Applebaum
SVP, Strategy and Business Development, Constellation Brands

Lou oversees the global marketing council and focuses on commercial aspects of mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy at Constellation Brands. Along with these duties, he is also responsible for the strategic planning process which includes updating and internally communicating the company's overarching strategy, integrating the strategy with the company's long term financial vision, and working with the operating companies to ensure alignment of strategies across the organisation.

Malcolm Davis
Malcolm Davis
Director at Intangible Business

Malcolm has held many senior positions in international drinks management, notably in Asia Pacific markets. He has worked at Hiram Walker and Allied Domecq and was a senior director at Harvey's of Bristol Ltd, Suntory, Duval-Leroy Champagne and Baskin Robbins. Malcolm is currently a director of Intangible Business.

Patrick Schmitt
Patrick Schmitt
Editor at The Drinks Business

Patrick Schmitt is editor of The Drinks Business, a leading international drinks trade publication at the forefront of what is happening in the industry. Published monthly, The Drinks Business is often the first to hear about new development. It launched a new research arm, Drinks Insight with more research and data analysis than in any other trade title. This, combined with its many reports and continued attendance at all the international fairs, give the Drinks Business team a privileged insight into the latest industry trends.

Paul Wayvon
Paul Wayvon
Managing Director of Intangible Business, US

Paul Wayvon became Managing Director of Intangible Business US in 2008. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1982 and earned his MBA with Michigan State University in 1992. Paul is a former CFO and COO of major international drinks businesses in the US including Hiram Walker, Allied Domecq and Fleming Packaging Corporation, working with brands including Maker's Mark, Clos du Bois, Callaway, Bacardi and Malibu. He is also on the faculty at Bradley University with instructing and lecturing responsibilities in their undergraduate, graduate and MBA programs.