Patrón names president and chief operating officer

Bacardi has appointed Mauricio Vergara as president and chief operating officer of Patrón Tequila. As president and chief operations officer, Vergara will also oversee the expansion and management of the Hacienda Patrón brand home in Atotonilco el Alto in Jalisco, Mexico. Vergara joined Bacardi in 2013 and most recently held the position of managing director for Bacardi-Martini Australia and New Zealand. He was also responsible for the global integration of the Tequila brand following Bacardi’s…

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ACSA names Becky Harris board president

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) has appointed Becky Harris, co-founder and chief distiller of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, president of its board of directors. Harris has served as a member of the ACSA’s board of directors since May 2020, where she has been charged with appointing leadership to its governing committees. Recently, Harris was also appointed head of the ACSA Covid-19 task force, helping to build and implement sanitiser best practices across the distilling…

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Tales of the Cocktail hires CEO and president

The Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC) Foundation has appointed Jenny Butler as its chief executive officer and Caroline Rosen as president. Butler has “played an instrumental role in the development” of the TOTC Foundation since the transition to its current leadership. In February last year, Gary Solomon Jr of event company The Solomon Group and Neal Bodenheimer of cocktail bar Cure took over the annual cocktail festival and reestablished it as the TOTC Foundation. Butler played…

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Maingreaud to succeed Juul-Mortensen as TFWA president

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has named Alain Maingreaud as its new president, taking over from Erik Juul-Mortensen, who has held the role for 19 years. Maingreaud, who will step into the role for a one-year mandate from January 2019, was named Juul-Mortensen’s successor following a TFWA management committee meeting in Paris this morning (14 December). After joining the TFWA in 1995 as commercial director, Maingreaud was elected managing director in 2010. He took…

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Patrón CEO Ed Brown to step down

Bacardi has announced that Ed Brown, president and CEO of Patrón Spirits International, will retire at the end of the year after 20 years in the role. Brown, who will continue to provide counsel and expert advice to the company post-retirement, will step down from his role on 31 December 2018. Brown led the “massive expansion” of Patrón Tequila from 118,000 cases sold in 2001 to two million cases a year, establishing the brand as the…

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