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BHL Group Stalwart, Richard Cozier, Retires
June 30, 2017
ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 26TH, Managing Director and CEO of the Banks Holdings Limited (BHL) Group, Richard Cozier, gave notice of his intention to formally end his tenure with BHL. The decision marks the end of Mr. Cozier’s 39 years of memorable service with the company.
Mr. Cozier joined the staff at Banks (Barbados) Breweries Limited in 1979 as a junior accountant and just six years later, became the general manager of The Barbados Bottling Company Ltd. (BBC). He contributed significantly to the expansion of Banks from being a standalone brewery to Barbados’ largest beverage conglomerate through the acquisitions of BBC in 1991 and Barbados Dairy Industries Limited (Pine Hill Dairy) in 1997, as well as the establishment of B&B Distribution, now Banks Distribution Ltd., in 1994.
A member of the BHL Board since November 13, 1997, Mr. Cozier was appointed Managing Director and CEO of the BHL Group in 1999. After assuming the position, he led the charge in the further expansion of the Group through investments in Guyana, Belize, Nassau and London.
Up until his retirement, Mr. Cozier nurtured the BHL Group through its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch (ABInBEV) in 2015, assuming a key role in the integration and acclimatization of the organization during the time of change.
Mr. Cozier has always maintained that his success in business is inextricably linked to the support of the BHL team. “Everything that I achieved has only been possible with the support and full cooperation of the entire workforce. I will forever be grateful for this. The road has not always been smooth, but the strength of this Group lies in the people and the brands, which have carried us to where we are today.”
Outside of the BHL Group, Mr. Cozier, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB). He is also a member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, represents the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the Board of the Barbados Stock Exchange and is an independent director on the Board of the Barbados Private Sector Association.
About the BHL Group: Banks Holdings Limited (BHL), established in 1991, is Barbados' largest beverage conglomerate. Our subsidiaries comprise award-winning beverage manufacturers Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd., Barbados Bottling Co. Ltd. and Barbados Dairy Industries Ltd., the island's lone Dairy, as well as Banks Distribution Ltd., a distribution firm.
Former BHL Group Managing Director and CEO, Richard Cozier