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Walsh to make inaugural whisky speech

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Walsh, chief executive officer of Diageo, will make his first ever speech as chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) later today (April 15).

Talking at this week's World Whiskies Conference, which is being held in Glasgow, his speech will focus on fair access to export markets, CSR and promoting sustainability in the industry.

He will announce: "There is tremendous optimism across the industry at present, with a range of trends pointing towards future sustainable growth and a renaissance for Scotch Whisky internationally.

"The exciting opportunity for the industry is that growth is being seen in markets all across the world, from Russia to Vietnam, China to South Africa."

Walsh will also voice his support for the controversial government proposals for Scotch Whisky regulation and labeling, which he believes "will grow consumer understanding of the products worldwide".