THE French drinks giant that owns the Bruichladdich malt whisky business on Islay is parting company with its chief executive after posting record results in June.

Remy Cointreau said Valerie Chapoulaud-Floquet would step down for personal reasons by the end of 2019 without elaborating.

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The company said its board expressed deep gratitude for Mrs Chapoulaud-Floquet’s commitment and contribution to the quality of the group’s results and successful strategy.

Mrs Chapoulaud-Floquet has focused the group on the premium end of the drinks market since she took charge in 2014.

Mrs Chapoulaud-Floquet said she would leave with great emotion when a successor was appointed. She added: “I am serene, as the Group’s results, foundations, teams and strategic visions allow it to envisage the future with optimism, ambition and success.”

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After Remy Cointreau’s results announcement in June Mrs Chapoulaud-Floquet said the company was pleased with the performance of the Bruichladdich whisky business it bought for £58 million in 2012.

She said the relaunch of its Port Charlotte whisky had been a massive success and hailed an excellent year for the Botanist gin distilled on Islay.

Remy Cointreau has invested heavily in its operations on Islay under Mrs Chapoulaud-Floquet.

After funding £23m infrastructure upgrades over the last five years Remy Coimtreau is supporting a drive to help make the. Bruichladdich an “all-Islay” operation.This will include the cultivation and malting of the barley it uses through to the distillation, maturation and bottling of the spirit.

The group grew profits 11 per cent to €167.8m in the year to March 31.