We invest in startups shaping the future of convivialité.
Created in 2017, Convivialité Ventures, is the venture arm of Pernod Ricard and is based in San Francisco - the heart of the world's innovation ecosystem.

By nurturing entrepreneurship, we play a key role in the development of innovative and inspiring new offerings that not only embrace, but also shape, the future evolution of socializing. At Convivialité Ventures, we have a unique vision of the future of convivialité, powered by our Breakthrough Innovation Group (BIG) and supported by the reach, experience and expertise of Pernod Ricard.

About Pernod Ricard
Our reach

Pernod Ricard is the world’s second largest wine and spirits company, with consolidated sales of €9.0 billion (2017/18).

Pernod Ricard is a decentralized operation, with six ‘Brand Companies’ and 85 ‘Market Companies’, established in each key market.

Our experience

For 40 years, Pernod Ricard has combined a passion for wines and spirits with a drive to create. It is the continual and constant ability to imagine, design and bring entrepreneurship to life that has enabled us to become one of the leaders in our industry.

Our brands

Pernod Ricard has built a unique portfolio of premium international brands – one of the broadest in the industry. This includes spirits, such as Absolut, Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet, Havana Club, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Martell, Kahlūa, Malibu, Beefeater, as well as Jacob’s Creek, Campo Viejo, Kenwood Vineyards and Brancott Estate wines, and champagnes, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët.

Our values

It is our responsibility to put in place the conditions for lasting, shared value creation that builds a more innovative, inclusive and inspiring world: LET’S LIVE TOGETHER, BETTER.

There can be no lasting value creation unless the value we generate is shared with all our stakeholders, starting with our employees, but also including our local communities, our customers and our consumers, our suppliers and our shareholders.

Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on three key values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

The Convivialité Ventures team
Stéphane Longuet
Managing Director
Brandon Yahn
U.S. Investments
Danni Xie
U.S. Investments
Wendy Wattebled
EMEA Investments
Julien Chmilewsky
EMEA Investments
Leo Wang
China Investments
Eric Zhou
China Investments
Sonam Jain
India Investments
Madhav Kumar
India Investment
Helene Le Person
Marketing and Business Development
Strategic Adviser
Paul Holland
Strategic Advisor
Stéphane is Managing Director of Convivialité Ventures, based in San Francisco, California

He has worked with Pernod Ricard for 20 years, where he has cultivated some of the world’s most successful drinks brands. Most recently, Stéphane oversaw the integration of Absolut into Pernod Ricard, following its 2008 acquisition, and as Managing Director of Challenger Brands at The Absolut Company, he led a global vodka business from its base in Stockholm, collaborating with innovative and fearless entrepreneurs and designers from around the world, launching new products and always looking for new business opportunities. This experience, his innate entrepreneurial instinct and his ability to spot and collaborate with emerging talent made him the natural choice to launch and lead Convivialité Ventures.