Dr. Bill Lumsden from Glenmorangie starts training his successor

Brendan McCarron joined the team last year

When a high skilled expert like Dr. Bill Lumsden from Glenmorangie and Ardbeg announces he will make a successor fit for his job this is an honor as well as a big challenge for the appointed heir. Brendan McCarron is the name of the chosen one and he already has been “Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks” of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg since 2014.

A decade of preparations for the new senior position

No, he doesn’t plan to retire in foreseeable future says Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, but the training of his successor will take a long time. It’s time to set the course because Lumsden reckons the training will take about 10 years to make McCarron fit to take over the multiplex and challenging tasks. Primarily the training will develop his sensory an analytical skills, but there are also aspects like representing, official duties, PR and media relations to be considered.

The stellar career of Brendan McCarron

For three years Glenmorangie had looked for a qualified successor before he was found at least last year among many candidates. No one would be proper for this position who just left university Dr. Bill Lumsden said. He kept an eye out for an applicant with outstanding experiences in the world of whisky. Brendan McCarron’s experiences are doubtlessly exceptionally. 8 years he worked for Diageo, starting in 2006 post-degree. In 2009 at the age of 28 he became the youngest manager of a Scottish distillery when he went to Oban. From there he changed to Islay as a Senior Site Manager of the Diageo distilleries on the island.

You can find some personal data of Brendan McCarron here on LinkedIn