Karen Betts to depart SWA for FDF

Karen Betts to depart SWA for FDF

The CEO of the Scotch Whisky Affiliation, Karen Betts, will go away the organisation on the finish of 2021 to guide the UK’s Meals and Drink Federation.

Karen Betts

Karen Betts has held the function of CEO of the Scotch Whisky Affiliation for 4 years

Betts has been CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) since Might 2017, taking over the role from David Frost.

She turned the primary lady to guide the SWA, and the eighth particular person to move the affiliation, in its 105-year historical past.

SWA chair, Scott McCroskie, who’s chief government of Edrington, mentioned: “After greater than 4 years in submit, Karen will go away the affiliation with our heartfelt gratitude. She has steered the business efficiently via a turbulent interval, critically whereas punitive tariffs were imposed on Scotch whisky by the USA, via the UK’s departure from the EU, and through the Covid-19 pandemic. Her management has helped the business emerge in a powerful and forward-looking place.

“Karen and her group have additionally positioned the business to reap the benefits of the alternatives that lie forward. Her deal with growing variety in our workforce, reaching our net-zero emissions goal and rising commerce in key world markets will assist to safe the business’s success in years to return.”

Betts will turn into the chief government of UK membership organisation the Meals and Drink Federation (FDF), succeeding Ian Wright, who will step down on the finish of 2021 after seven years within the function.

Betts mentioned: “I’m delighted to have been appointed because the Meals and Drink Federation’s new chief government, to characterize the massive vary of firms that hold meals on our tables and make up UK’s largest manufacturing business.

“These are quickly altering instances, with challenges and alternatives for the business to know in every thing from addressing local weather change, to abilities and livelihoods, and wholesome diets. I’m trying ahead to working with the FDF’s members, the FDF group, with authorities and different organisations as we discover the most effective solutions to those questions for all concerned.”

Betts joined the SWA following 16 years with the UK Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace (FCO). She was the previous British ambassador to Monaco, and beforehand labored as a lawyer for Clifford Likelihood in each London and Hong Kong. Betts studied on the School of Legislation in Guildford, England, and skim Historical past on the College of St Andrews in Scotland.

McCroskie added that the SWA has began in search of a brand new CEO and can make additional bulletins sooner or later.

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