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Pernod Ricard announces resignation of Jean-Dominique Comolli from board.

M2 EQUITYBITES-3 September 2010-Pernod Ricard announces resignation of Jean-Dominique Comolli from board(C)2010 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

French wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard (Euronext:RI) (Paris:RI) on Thursday announced the resignation of Jean-Dominique Comolli from its board of directors, at the meeting held on 1 September 2010.

Comolli's resignation follows his appointment as a[euro]Commissioner of State Holdings' to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment, effective 15 September 2010.

The company said that its board plans to appoint Susan Murray as a new independent director, which will be submitted for approval by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 10 November 2010.

Murray is currently an independent non-executive director of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, Compass Group plc and Enterprise Inns plc. She was a board member at Littlewoods Limited and later was chief executive of Littlewoods Stores Limited. Prior to this she was worldwide president and chief executive of The Pierre Smirnoff Company, part of Diageo plc.

Comolli was chairman of the remuneration and appointments committees, and now that these duties will now be entrusted to Nicole Bouton, an independent director.

Bouton founded the Financiere Centuria Group in 2002, which she chaired until June 2010. In this capacity, she also chairs several subsidiaries including Financiere Accreditee, which was acquired in 2006. She is also a director of several other subsidiaries of the Financiere Centuria Group. At the end of June 2010, Bouton sold her shares in Centuria but remained chairperson of Financiere Accreditee.

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