Diageo has announced three changes to the executive committee, with immediate effect.

For the first time Asia-Pacific is the largest duty free/travel retail region in the world, having overtaken Europe, says the president of TFWA.

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, has announced the appointment of Siddik Tetík as regional president of Asia Pacific.

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed John Grant as managing director of its Beringer Brand Business Unit.

Heineken USA has announced the appointment of Colin Westcott-Pitt as vice president of marketing, effective immediately.

The Sherry Institute of Spain has appointed Beltrán Domecq as its new president.

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Gianpaolo (Paolo) Perego as regional president of Latin America.

The general assembly of the of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV, has announced the election of Claudia Inés Quini, deputy head of research at the National Institute for Vitiviniculture of Argentina (INV), as its incoming president.

The president of Georgia has said wine exports are to the benefit of Georgia’s national security and an important element of the country's progress.

Bacardi has appointed a new CEO, following the retirement of Séamus McBride.

Heineken USA has appointed Brian Fried as regional vice president sales, western region, effective immediately.

Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), a non-profit trade association, has announced its new board of directors for 2012.

Russian Standard Vodka, which claims to be Russia’s number one premium vodka, has announced the appointment of John Palatella as executive vice president of sales & distribution for the US.

Diageo has announced the launch of Catalyst, a stand-alone group that will focus exclusively on what it describes as high potential brands.

Patrón Spirits has appointed Phil Gervasi, a former VP at Diageo, as executive vice president of sales for North America.

Stock Spirits Group has appointed Waldemar Maj and Dominique Bach as non-executive directors.

US distributors Glazer’s has appointed Robert Swartz as chief operating officer and Phil Meacham as executive vice president malt beverages.

Beam appoints EMEA president

16 February, 2011

Beam Global Spirits & Wine has appointed Albert Baladi as president of Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), effective March 5.

Bacardi appoints presidents

28 January, 2011

Bacardi has named Jon Grey and Robert Furniss-Roe regional presidents of Middle East and Africa, and Latin America respectively.

The US Spirits division of Diageo North America has appointed Mark Hubler as president of Open States and Greg Armstrong president of Control States and National Accounts.

Bill Samuels Jr is to step down as president of Maker’s Mark bourbon.

SABMiller has appointed Karl Lippert as its new president of Latin America, following the announcement of Barry Smith’s retirement.

Bacardi Limited has appointed Stefan Bomhard to the role of regional president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He is to be responsible for this area’s commercial operations.

LVMH has appointed a new CEO for Maison Moet et Chandon.

Marian Kopp has been appointed managing director/president of Niederkirchener Weinmacher  – a German wine cooperative located in the Pfalz region - effective April 1, 2010.

Comment

Philip Duff

Make safety sexy

It was the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ annual dinner at the Lord Mayor of London’s residence Mansion House a few weeks ago, and as a junior member of the Gin Guild I was permitted to attend, provided I promised not to pinch any silverware and did a little light sweeping afterwards.

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