Pernod Ricard South Africa: Shireen Maharaj

Shireen has been with Pernod Ricard since December 2016

Shireen Maharaj, Director of Human Resource for Sub-Saharan Africa at Pernod Ricard South Africa, began her career working in the aviation sector. She has since held roles of increasing responsibility, offering full HR generalist support to business partners and eventually becoming an HR leader in the own right. She is currently responsible for all Pernod Ricard’s strategic, functional and operational human resources requirements within Sub Saharan Africa.has an honours degree from the University of Johannesburg and a professional certificate in coaching from the Henley Business School.


Dec 2016 – Present:            HR Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Pernod Ricard

Sep 2009 – Apr 2016:          HR Director, Johnson and Johnson MD&D

Dec 2002 – Aug 2009:         Head of HR, Janssen

Aug 2002 – Nov 2002:         Contract HR Manager, Courts Mega Store

Jun 2000 – Jul 2002:            HR Practitioner, South African Express Airways


2016 – 2017:                        Professional Certificate in Coaching, Henley Business School

2001 – 2001:                        BA (Hons), Human Resources, University of Johannesburg

1987 – 1991:                        BA, Psychology, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard South Africa is one of six African market companies to proudly fly the flag of the Pernod Ricard Group. The French-based Pernod Ricard Group is the world co-leader of the wine and spirits industry, delivering on leading premium brands such as Chivas Regal, Jameson Whiskey, ABSOLUT vodka and G.H.Mumm Champagne.  With headquarters in Cape Town and regional offices across the country, the Pernod Ricard South Africa family employs more than 270 proud employees.

Pernod Ricard South Africa was established in 1994, following the birth of South Africa’s democracy and the lifting of international trade sanctions. Over the past 20 years, it has grown significantly within the local market and still continues to thrive. Pernod Ricard South Africa is part of a network of 80 international market companies that promote both the Group’s international brands and manages local and regional brands like Red Heart Rum and Olmeca Tequila.