Distell Group: JP Van der Walt

JP joined Distell in 2014

JP Van der Walt, Director of Human Resources at Distell, joined the company after a long career at British American Tobacco where, in his last role as the Regional HR Head of Eastern Europe Middle East Africa, he led the strategic direction of Human Resources within (EEMEA) operations function. In 2016, he was appointed as an Executive Director of Distell and he is currently responsible for the full spectrum of the human resources activities across the group.


Apr 2014 – Present:             Director, HR, Distell Group

Jan 2009 – Mar 2014:          Regional Head of HR, EEMEA, British American Tobacco

Oct 2007 – Dec 2008:          HR Lead, Turkey Integration Project, British American Tobacco

Apr 2005 – Sep 2007:          Regional Organisational Development Manager, EEMEA, British American Tobacco

Sep 1999 – Mar 2005:         Commercial HR Manager, British American Tobacco South Africa

Mar 1997 – Aug 1999:         Talent Manager, British American Tobacco South Africa

Jan 1995 – Dec 1997:          Divisional Head of HR, Persetel

Jan 1990 – Dec 1994:          Leadership & Organisational Development Manager, ABSA Bank


1982 – 1987:                        M.Com, Industrial Psychology, North-West University - Potchefstroom

About Distell

Distell is a global business with roots in South Africa, which produces and markets a diverse portfolio of award-winning alcohol brands that have been crafted by extraordinary people across the world., Some of its brands include Amarula, Savanna, Hunter's Dry, Bisquit, Durbanville Hills and Nederburg.