Movers & shakers

27 August, 2008
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Peter Sandström has joined Beam Global Spirits & Wine as marketing director. He comes from Diageo where he had held various regional and marketing roles .

Thresher Group, the UK's largest specialist off licence chain, has appointed a non-executive chairman. Patrick Copeland is currently non-executive chairman of Elegant Hotels Group and has been chief executive of Granada/Forte and president of Joseph E Seagram Europe, chief executive of InterContinental Hotels and executive director of International Distillers and Vintners.

Jérôme Philipon is the new managing director of Champagne Bollinger. The 45-year-old has responsibility for business development. Next year he will assume more responsibility as he replaces Ghislain de Montgolifier as head of the house.

Argento Wine Company, the joint venture between London-based Bibendum wines and Bodegas Esmeralda in Argentina has made Amelia Nolan its managing director.

Sarah Gandy has been brought in to oversee the marketing of South African drinks company Distell's wine portfolio across Europe. For five years she was global brand manager for Kumala .

Waverley TBS, the leading UK on-trade drinks distributor, has made Neil Bruce its wine category director. He comes from Bibendum where he was commercial manager.

Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard's Scotch whisky and premium gin business, has made Swedish bar owner Fredrik Olsson its Ballantine's global brand ambassador.

Fenella Tyler is the new chairwoman of the National Association of Cider Makers. Tyler is head of communications at Bulmers, maker of the Strongbow brand. After two years she will hand over to Henry Cheva llier Guild of Aspall Suffolk Cider, who has been elected vice chairman of NACM.

Dita von Tees is Cointreau's new worldwide brand ambassador. She is known as being an "international queen of Burlesque and a muse to fashion designers".

Jenks, the sales and brokerage company, has made Des Ewing sales and marketing director for its beer, wines and spirits division. He joins from In Bev where he was sales director of the wholesale channel.

Miguel Patricio has been appointed zone president, Asia Pacific, by InBev. His job as zone president for North America is filled by Bernardo Pinto Paiva. Dirk Moens remains in Shanghai and becomes chairman of InBev China.

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Tess Posthumus

Talking the challenges of cocktail weeks

Having recently returned from the US visiting both Oakland and Arizona Cocktail Weeks I was amazed by the differences in approach. In Oakland there was a much bigger trade focus and it felt more relaxed, whereas in Arizona it was one massive party for consumers.