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Rosemary McGinness, Group HR director, William Grant & Sons


Rosemary McGinness joined William Grant & Sons as group HR director in 2005. The company employs 1,800 people globally and is the owner of iconic brands such as Glenfiddich, the Balvenie and Hendrick’s.

She has delivered an HR strategy that places people at the heart of organisational transformation. She fulfils a key business role as a member of the company's executive board, while providing functional leadership and building an HR team, which has been externally recognised at both a collective and individual level.

Working closely with CEO Stella David, she has contributed to the development of a high performance culture across the organisation. The alignment of reward and recognition systems, along with other key people practices, has been critical to the success of the company.

McGinness has transformed the company's approach to talent and development; ensuring employees are equipped with the necessary skills to support growth. She has driven exceptional levels of employee engagement, which owe a great deal to leading by example.

Prior to this, McGinness was based in New York in her role as SVP of HR for Bowne Business Solutions, a document management company.

Having commenced her career in line management with Forte Hotels, McGinness has held a range of positions covering all aspects of HR across the globe. She has a particular interest in organisational change, talent development, and resourcing businesses for growth.

A passionate advocate for young people, she is currently the chair of Young Enterprise Scotland, a charity with a mission to inspire and prepare all young people to succeed through the development of entrepreneurship and employability skills.

She sits on the council of the Scotch Whisky Association and is an advisory board member of the University of Strathclyde Business School.

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