Movers & shakers

27 August, 2008
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Independent family distillers William Grant & Sons has announced Peter Gordon as the new non-executive chairman. Gordon, who is the great-great-grandson of the founder William Grant, joined the company in 1986 and the board in 2003. Charles Gordon, the previous chairman, takes up a newly created role of life president.

Rob Snel president of Grolsch International has been made managing director of Royal Grolsch, replacing chief executive Ab Pasman who left in May. SABMiller has also announced that Maria Ramos and Rob Pieterse are joining the board as independent non-executive directors.

Tony Truzzolino, a 25-year veteran of the drinks industry, has joined US sales and distribution company Future Brands as vice president sales - east region. He joins from Beam Global Spirits & Wine where he was vice president, commercial development.

The Wingara Wine Group, parent company of Australian wines, Deakin Estate and Katnook, has appointed Diego Jimenez as its new CEO. Jimenez is a member of the Ferrer family which owns Spain's Freixenet group, which is Wingara's majority shareholder.

Maxxium Global Travel Retail has appointed Mariska Van Beukering as marketing manager for southern Europe and the Middle East.

Mark Avellano has joined Cobra Beer as international sales manager after 13 years with Wells & Young's. He replaces Iqbal Ahmed who leaves to "pursue other business interests" after 11 years with Cobra.

Ian Smart has replaced Andrew Folson as business development manager for Protégé International. He will be the principal point of contact for the team of international consultants operating in key markets in the Middle East and Asia. He will also have responsibility for sales promotion and distribution in Europe and Africa.

CL World Brands has appointed Brian Woods and Andy Calder as joint managing directors of Paragon Vintners following Anthony Dee's resignation by "mutual agreement".

James Cluer has become the first new Master of Wine of 2008, and the third Canadian MW. James, 38, owns Fine Vintage in Vancouver, and acts as a consultant to clients including the BC Government, Fairmont Hotels and Qatar Airways.

James O'Malley is to fill the newly-created role of director of corporate affairs for Brown-Forman. He joins from the American Institute of Certified Accountants in Washington (public affairs).

Nick James has become managing director of Pol Roger following Bill Gunn's retirement.

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