Movers & shakers

27 August, 2008
Page 10 
Diageo has promoted Jane Ewing, currently general manager of Benelu x, to general manager Eastern Europe, responsible for leading Diageo's strategic development in over 15 countries. She will report to Gilbert Ghostine, managing director Diageo Continental Europe.

Vinos de Chile, the Chilean wine industry association, has appointed Juan Somavía as manager of Wines of Chile, the generic office in charge of the international promotion of Chilean wines. Somav ía replaces Ricardo Letelier who has joined a Chilean exporter. Somav ía was trade commissioner for Chile in New York and head of the European economic affairs department in Chile's ministry of foreign affairs.

Pekka Tiainen is the new chief executive of the Finnish brewer Sinebrychoff which is a subsidiary of the Danish brewer, Carlsberg. He has been promoted from sales director.

Geslyn Ngiam has been made vice president sales Racke Asia based in the new Racke office in Singapore. She will be reporting to Franz Lieven, president Racke Europe , Marian Kopp, president Golden Kaan and Ernesto Muller, managing director Espíritu de Chile.

Simon Berry, chairman of British wine merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd, has been made clerk of the royal cellars (the company has a royal warrant to supply the royal household at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle). He has also been appointed chairman of the UK drinks industry charity, the Benevolent .

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has made Karin Moore its assistant general counsel. Her main responsibility is to

co-ordinate the association's litigation strategy.

Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) in the UK has announced Gavin Partington as its first head of communications.

Castle Brands, the New York-based spirits company, has appointed of Charles "Chip" Hartnett as director of national accounts. He joined Gosling-Castle Partners, a majority-owned subsidiary of Castle Brands, in 2006 as the brand director for the mid-Atlantic states.

Craig Durham is Buckingham Vintners' new sales director. He has been promoted after four years looking after key accounts.

Stratford's Wine Agencies has made Erika Lewington its marketing manager. Formerly with Sony Pictures Entertainment, she replaces Louise Hill.

Sam Tolley has stepped down as chief executive of the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation. AWBC secretary, Jock Osbourne, will be acting chief executive until a new appointment is made.

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