Management Team

At Corby, all members of the executive team are experts in their field and inspire those around them to be their best. Collectively, the executive team has extensive experience in the alcoholic beverage industry, manufacturing and consumer goods and brings a global view to Canada’s leading distributor of premium spirits and fine wines.

  • Anne Martin

    Vice-President, Marketing

    Ms. Anne Martin was appointed as the Vice-President of Marketing for Corby effective September 1, 2017. Ms. Martin joined the Pernod Ricard organization in 1998 as Chef de Produit Pacific – Innovation. From there she became Chef de Produit Senior Chivas – The Glenlivet in 2001. In 2003 she moved to Chef de Groupe Anis and in 2008 became Brand Director Prestige Brands with Ricard. Her most recent position in the group was with Pernod Ricard Australia as Marketing Director. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, she started her career with Unilever as Brand manager. Ms. Martin is a graduate from the ESCP Business school.

  • Edward Mayle

    Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Edward Mayle is the Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer of Corby, He was Finance Director, at Pernod Ricard UK from 2014 to 2018 and Finance Director of Pernod Ricard Nordics from 2009 to 2014. Edward was Finance Director for Jan Becher from 2006 to 2008, after serving as a Finance Manager at Irish Distillers from 1999 to 2006. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, Edward was Finance Manager at Wang UK.

  • Marc A. Valencia

    General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Vice-President, Public Affairs

    Mr. Marc Valencia is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Public Affairs, of Corby. Mr. Valencia also acts as Chief Privacy Officer of Corby. He joined Corby in 2004. Mr. Valencia was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Menlo Park, California, from 2000 to 2003, and at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, Ontario, from 1998 to 2000. He was a Senior Business Advisor at Arthur Andersen & Co. LLP from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Valencia was called to the bars of Ontario in 1997 and California in 2001. He received his ICD.D designation in 2009.

  • Mark Thorne

    Vice-President, Sales

    Mark Thorne was appointed as the Vice-President of Sales for Corby effective August 1, 2019. Mark joined Corby Spirit and Wine Limited in late 2004 as Marketing Manager, progressing though roles as Brand Director, and then moved on to the role of Director Strategic Planning, Insights, and Innovation. In 2012, Mark began working abroad with Pernod Ricard at Chivas Brothers Ltd., based in London, England, as Sales and Business Development Director for the Americas Region including Canada. He then moved to Marketing as a Global Brand Director and Marketing Services Director. In 2017, Mark moved to Wyborowa Pernod Ricard, based in Warsaw, Poland, in his latest role as a Lead Market CODI member and Marketing Director. Mr. Thorne is a graduate of the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts and an Honors Bachelor of Commerce.

  • Melissa Hanesworth

    Vice-President, Production

    Ms. Melissa Hanesworth was appointed as the Vice-President of Production for Corby effective March 1, 2018. She is also Vice President, North American Manufacturing at Pernod Ricard North America. Her most recent position was Managing Director, Operations at Pernod Ricard USA, Inc.’s production facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard in 2001, Ms. Hanesworth held other leadership positions in finance and accounting. She earned her B.Sc. degree at Arkansas State University, and her MBA degree at Louisiana State University.

  • R. Patrick O'Driscoll

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Patrick O’Driscoll is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corby and has been a director of Corby since July 2009. Mr. O’Driscoll was the Chief Executive Officer of Malibu-Kahlúa International, a dba of Pernod Ricard U.S.A. LLC, from 2007 to 2009, after serving as Commercial Director of Chivas Brothers Ltd. from 2002 to 2007. He joined Pernod Ricard as Marketing Manager of Campbell Distillers in 1992. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, Mr. O’Driscoll held various positions with International Distillers & Vintners since 1985.

  • Stéphane Côté

    Vice-President, New Business Ventures

    Mr. Stéphane Côté is Vice-President, New Business Ventures, of Corby. He joined Corby in June 2006 as Sales Director for Ontario and then became VP of Sales. Prior to joining Corby, he worked at Pernod Ricard Canada, where he held the position of Director of Sales for Ontario. Mr. Côté has worked in various senior sales’ roles in seven provinces and has worked in the beverage alcohol industry for 27 years.

  • Claude Boulay

    Member, Board of Directors

    Dr. Claude Boulay (Doctor of Laws), is Corporate Secretary of Pernod Ricard Canada Ltd. and Director of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Gooderham & Worts Ltd., Allied Domecq (Canada) Ltd. and Seagram (China) Ltd. He has been a director of Corby since July 2008 and has been external legal counsel of many subsidiaries of the Pernod Ricard Group since 1996.

  • Donald Lussier

    Chair, Management Resources Committee

    Mr. Donald V. Lussier has been a director of Corby since November 2009. Mr. Lussier was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (“MLCC”), from 2001 to 2009. During his 35 years at the MLCC, Mr. Lussier held a number of positions in marketing, retail, purchasing and distribution. Prior to joining the MLCC, Mr. Lussier was employed with the Manitoba Government, Department of Finance, and in Ottawa with the Ministry of Transport in Corporate Planning. He is also a past President of the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions.

  • Edward Mayle

    Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Edward Mayle is the Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer of Corby, He was Finance Director, at Pernod Ricard UK from 2014 to 2018 and Finance Director of Pernod Ricard Nordics from 2009 to 2014. Edward was Finance Director for Jan Becher from 2006 to 2008, after serving as a Finance Manager at Irish Distillers from 1999 to 2006. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, Edward was Finance Manager at Wang UK.

  • George McCarthy

    Chair, Board of Directors

    Mr. George F. McCarthy has been the Chairman of Corby’s Board since 1999 and a director of Corby since 1993. Mr. McCarthy was the President of The Americas, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine from 1995 to 2000, and the President of North America, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine from 1993 to 1995. He was the President of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Limited in Montréal, Québec, from 1991 to 1993, and the President of Seagram Far East from 1988 to 1991. Prior to joining Seagram, Mr. McCarthy served in various executive positions with The Pillsbury Company and also held various sales and marketing positions with Heublein Inc. and E & J Gallo Winery.

  • Kate Thompson

    Member, Board of Directors

    Ms. Kate Thompson is Legal Director for Pernod Ricard EMEA and LATAM and a director of Corby since March 2017. She was Legal, Corporate Affairs and Communications Director of Pernod Ricard Winemakers Pty Ltd. from 2010 to 2016, as well as Company Secretary from 2007 to 2016. Prior to that Ms. Thompson held various positions within Pernod Ricard Winemakers from 1998 to 2009.

  • Patricia Nielsen

    Chair, Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee

    Ms. Patricia Nielsen has been a director of Corby since November 2000. Ms. Nielsen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Automobile Association, Niagara, and was the Chief Executive Officer of Maxxam Analytics Corporation, from 2002 to 2006. She was the President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital IT from 1993 to 1999.

  • Paul Holub

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Pernod Ricard North America

    Mr. Paul Holub is Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Pernod Ricard North America and a director of Corby since February 2020. He was Vice President, Human Resources for Corby Spirit and Wine Limited from 2007 to 2017. He started his career in McDonnell Douglas Canada Ltd. as HR Operations Manager in 1983. From there he moved to Douglas Aircraft Company as Business Unit HR Manager in 1990. Then in 1993 he joined Pepsi Cola as Market Unit HR Director. He joined Pernod Ricard as Vice President Human Resources with Hiram Walker & Sons Limited in 1996. Then in 2004 he became Vice President – Rewards, followed by Vice President, Human Resources – Production Groups for Pernod Ricard North America.

  • R. Patrick O'Driscoll

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Patrick O’Driscoll is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corby and has been a director of Corby since July 2009. Mr. O’Driscoll was the Chief Executive Officer of Malibu-Kahlúa International, a dba of Pernod Ricard U.S.A. LLC, from 2007 to 2009, after serving as Commercial Director of Chivas Brothers Ltd. from 2002 to 2007. He joined Pernod Ricard as Marketing Manager of Campbell Distillers in 1992. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, Mr. O’Driscoll held various positions with International Distillers & Vintners since 1985.

  • Robert Llewellyn

    Chair, Audit Committee Chair, Independent Committee

    Mr. Robert L. Llewellyn has been a director of Corby since 1999. Mr. Llewellyn was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Sales, of Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, from 1990 to 1999.