Diageo names new chief financial officer

Smirnoff owner Diageo has appointed Lavanya Chandrashekar to the role of chief financial officer, taking over from Kathryn Mikells on 1 July 2021. Chandrashekar, chief financial officer (CFO) of Diageo North America and global head of investor relations, will become the company’s new CFO on 1 July 2021. She will also join the Diageo executive committee and board. Mikells will leave Diageo at the end of June to return to the US after nearly six…

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Jason Derulo joins Bedlam Vodka

Singer songwriter Jason Derulo has joined the team at North Carolina-based Graybeard Distillery to lead the branding of Bedlam Vodka. Derulo has joined the senior management team behind Bedlam Vodka, where he will use his expertise to propel the brand’s ‘aggressive strategic direction and branding’. “Teaming up with the executives of such an amazing brand and being able to be an integral part of the marketing team was a no-brainer for me,” said Derulo. “It’s…

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Nicole Sykes joins Maker’s Mark

Edrington-Beam Suntory UK has appointed former Satan’s Whiskers bartender Nicole Sykes as Maker’s Mark diplomat. In her new role, Sykes will share the story of Maker’s Mark with bartenders and Bourbon fans across the UK. She will also work to support the on-trade once it reopens after coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Sykes takes over the position from Amanda Humphrey, who joined the brand in 2017. Sykes joins the Bourbon brand after heading up London bar…

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Brockmans Gin reveals new CEO and £4.6m investment

English brand Brockmans Gin has promoted Guy Lawrence to the position of CEO and revealed the company secured £4.6 million (US$6.3m) worth of investment in 2020. Lawrence joined Brockmans Gin as managing director a year ago and will succeed co-founder Neil Everitt. Everitt will remain on the board and is the firm’s largest shareholder. Everitt said: “The appointment of Guy as CEO and this significant investment by our existing shareholders are both indicative of our…

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Kirstie McCallum departs Glen Moray for Halewood

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has appointed Glen Moray’s Dr Kirstie McCallum as its new master blender to develop the firm’s whisky portfolio. McCallum joins Halewood from Speyside distillery Glen Moray, where she has held the role of head of whisky creation since October 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience in the spirits sector. Lee Tayburn, operations and production director at Halewood Artisanal Spirits, said: “As a business, we are dedicated to growing our…

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