Scotch Whisky Association names new chairman

EDINBURGH -- Ian Curle, chief executive of The Edrington Group, makes of Famous Grouse, has been named new chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association.

Curle succeds Paul Walsh, chief executive of Diageo, who headed the trade organization for four years. One of Walsh's last acts was to announce industry export figures for the first three quarters of 2011 that show the value of exports totaled nearly 23% more than the same period a year earlier.

"The industry is enjoying a tremendous period of growth around the world," Walsh said, "making it one of the most important manufactured exports the UK produces."

Walsh will remain on the SWA council.

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