Stephen Rankin is immersed in the 125-year-old family firm of Gordon & MacPhail. Over his 20 years in the world of Single Malt (as well as Wine and Spirits), he has progressed to Director of UK Sales and now the global facing position of Director of Prestige.
His contribution to the industry was recognised in 2008 when he was made a Keeper of the Quaich, and in 2019 when he was made a Master of the Quaich - the highest honour possible in the Whisky industry. Alongside fellow family members and valued colleagues he has contributed to the growth of the company and the release of some of the rarest and most iconic whiskies in the world.
His work today is focused on engaging with consumers around the world, supporting the business’ network of Distributors and private clients, and educating and bringing to life the wonderful story of Gordon & MacPhail through their truly unique and rare portfolio of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
What does it mean to you to be named a Walpole 2020 Power List winner?
It's great for the Scotch Whisky industry to be recognised alongside such a wealth of prestigious brands. For me personally, it is a great honour and somewhat of a surprise. I am always learning, and to be rubbing shoulders with such an incredible group of people is very humbling and testament to the rich heritage of our business and that of Scotch Whisky. Whisky has a fascinating history full of amazing tales and anecdotes, and it is a pleasure to take our stories to an international audience of discerning customers, as well as to those just developing an interest in Whisky.
Why do you think you were named on the List this year?
One consistent piece of feedback I receive is that I do everything with a genuine passion, energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. This knowledge comes from the unique experiences I have garnered from working for Gordon & MacPhail and within the Whisky industry - as well as from working alongside so many incredible colleagues and industry legends, without whom I would not be able to do.
I also believe firmly in communities coming together and the whole being greater than the sum of its parts - whether that's as a team within Gordon & MacPhail; as the wider Whisky industry; or as an organisation such as Walpole. Collectively we can deliver for the greater good of our colleagues, our businesses, our environment and other important causes, and like to believe I have played my part - and continue to do so - in this area.