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Ian Forbes

Chief Executive Officer (Ag.)

Ian serves as the Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) having been appointed on the 30th September, 2020. His substantive position remains that of Chief Operating Officer, having been appointed to that position on the 20th January, 2020. He previously held the post of Executive Manager Operations at the distillery (from June 2017 to January 2020). His career pathway of 32 years spans a robust portfolio in the alcohol beverages sector embracing manufacturing operations, process management, plant design, Quality Assurance, project management and business management.

He has held senior positions at the region’s leading brewery, moving through the ranks to the highly accredited and certified post of Master Brewer, which he attained at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling UK.  Ian has a demonstrated track record which included spearheading the successful implementation of high-level plant facility upgrade projects, as well as equipment commissioning, process re-design and production optimization initiatives.

As an experienced negotiator, communicator, and presenter, he has driven the organisation forward to efficient standards of operation, in a dynamic manufacturing environment, typified by the need for agility and performance-driven results. In 2017, Mr Forbes spearheaded Plant upgrade works on Angostura’s Waste Water Treatment Plant which has further enhanced Angostura’s operational capabilities to international standards.

Ian holds an MSC Food, Science &Technology from the University of the West Indies and BSC Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry. He earned the Best student Award 2007, having attained his MBA certification (with Distinction) at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. Mr Forbes is also an esteemed Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and the Master Brewer Association of the Americas. His vast field of expertise augurs well for Angostura’s future propulsion into the global market space.