The BBPA has announced that David Forde, Managing Director of Heineken UK, will be proposed as the next BBPA Chairman at its AGM in December as the successor to Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame. Jonathan has been Chairman of the British Beer & Pub Association since May 2012. David will serve for a one year term from December 2015.
David has been with Heineken for 27 years and took up his current role as Managing Director of Heineken UK in 2013. He was previously Managing Director of Heineken Ireland following a number of senior commercial roles across the global business. He already plays an active role in the work of the BBPA, serving on the BBPA Board since January 2015.
David Forde comments: “I am delighted at the prospect of succeeding Jonathan Neame. Jonathan has done a superb job representing our industry, galvanising the members to work together and leading effective campaigns delivering results for the whole industry – including a historic hat-trick of beer duty cuts. Beer and pubs are part of our national culture and if selected, I look forward to working even more closely with the BBPA team and members to represent our great industry.”
David Forde Professional Experience
May 2013 – Date Heineken UK Limited, Managing Director
2009 – April 2013 Heineken Ireland, Managing Director
2007 – 2009 Heineken UK Limited, Managing Director (pre Scottish & Newcastle takeover)
2003 – 2007 Heineken N.V. Portfolio Development Director
2000 – 2003 Heineken Poland, Director
2000 Heineken N.V. Marketing Manager
1988 – 1997 Heineken Ireland, Sales and Marketing Manager
Education & Qualifications
1985 – 1988 National University of Ireland BSC in Physics
Interests & Activities
Running and golf.