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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Angel Li

    Vice-President, Human Resources

    Mrs. Angel Li was appointed as the Vice-President of Human Resources for Corby effective July 1, 2018. She is also Human Resources Vice-President, Commercial, Pernod Ricard North America. Mrs. Li joined the Pernod Ricard organization in 2011 as Human Resources Vice-President, Pernod Ricard China. Her most recent position in the Group was with Global Travel Retail as Human Resources Vice-President. Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, her latest position was with Coca-Cola China as Group HR Director. Mrs. Li is an MBA graduate from the Webster University and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

  • 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.

  • 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 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. 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 in his latest role as a Lead Market CODI member and Marketing Director. Mr. Thorne is a graduate of the University of Windsor with degrees in History, Finance, and Marketing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paul Duffy

    Member, Board of Directors

    Mr. Paul Duffy is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard North America and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard USA and has been a director of Corby since July 2016. He is also a member of the Pernod Ricard Group Executive Committee. Mr. Duffy was the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of The Absolut Company from 2012 to 2016. He joined The Absolut Company from the US, where he had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard USA from 2008 to 2012. Previously, Mr. Duffy held a number of other senior management roles in Pernod Ricard including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Irish Distillers, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard UK.

  • 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.

  • 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.