Over his 40-year career, Jim Clerkin has worked for many prominent companies in the wine and spirits industry. In his current role, as President and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America, Jim is part of Moët Hennessy’s Global Executive Team, with responsibility for the company’s portfolio of global brands such as Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, and...

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Over his 40-year career, Jim Clerkin has worked for many prominent companies in the wine and spirits industry. In his current role, as President and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America, Jim is part of Moët Hennessy’s Global Executive Team, with responsibility for the company’s portfolio of global brands such as Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, and Belvedere, across the USA, Canada and Mexico. Jim joined Moët Hennessy in 2008, and prior to his current role, he held the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Moët Hennessy USA.

Jim began his career in Ireland, where he rose through the ranks at Guinness, to ultimately become an executive member of the Board of Directors. In 1994, Grand Metropolitan recruited him to head its Irish wines and spirits division. Following his tenure at Grand Metropolitan, Diageo appointed him as EVP and President, assuming responsibility for Diageo’s wine and spirits division in the Western region of the United States, and consecutively, he joined Allied Domecq in 2003, to lead their business in the Americas as President for North America and Canada, reporting to the Global CEO.

Jim has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of C&C Group plc since April 1, 2017 and represents Moët Hennessy on the board of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. He currently resides in New York City, and is committed to supporting various philanthropic causes both in the U.S. and abroad.  Jim is the Chairman of Co-operation Ireland in the U.S., which is a nonprofit that promotes peace and a sustained reconciliation in his home country of Ireland.

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