"The entire Crillon family has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Michel Roux. The entire industry has lost an icon. Michel can be credited to many of the world's leading brands, shaping the spirits industry into what it is today. The company will continue in his footsteps, paving the way into the future with his eternal guidance," said Jerry Ciraulo, President and CFO.
For nearly half a century, Mr. Roux has distinguished himself as not only an exceptional marketer but also a visionary beyond his time and an avid supporter of the arts. Carrying his personal credo of "doing well by doing good," he touched the lives of many through his decorated career trailblazing the spirits industry as well as his personal philanthropic passions.
Mr. Roux was instrumental to the development, distribution and success of many products including Absolut Vodka, Stolichnaya Russian Vodkas, Grand Marnier, Bombay Gin and Bombay Sapphire Gin. He was involved in and supported many charitable organizations including Citymeals-on-Wheels, in addition to establishing the Grand Marnier Foundation. Throughout his lifetime he received distinctions and accolades such as being named both a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and a Chevalier des Artes et Lettres by the French government in 1988 and the Commander of the Order of the North Polar Star, which is Sweden's highest honor, bestowed upon him by the King in 1991. A titan within his industry, Mr. Roux was absolutely larger than life and always one to leave a tremendous impression upon anyone he came to meet.
Though his list of accomplishments is long, his charismatic devotion to those he loved was truly endless. Mr. Roux died on April 30th and is survived by his wife, Kathleen Roux and son Maximilien.
SOURCE Crillon Importers