Frenchman Ricard passes away
on 18/08/2012 13:32:17
The company, Pernod Ricard, said in a statement that he died on Friday.
Ricard's father founded the company in 1932 and developed pastis, beloved in France as an aperitif but relatively unknown outside the country. His son joined the company in 1967 and became chairman and CEO in 1978, turning Pernod Ricard into a global brand with the acquisition of some of the world's best-known alcoholic brands, including Absolut vodka, Jameson Irish whiskey and Perrier-Jouet champagne.
Ricard, who was chairman of the board of directors, is survived by his wife and three children.