INTERNATIONAL. Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail (GTR) has announced its new structure following the company’s departure from the Maxxium distribution partnership. The changes will take effect on 1 April.
Peter Sant will lead the organisation as Managing Director, dividing his time between Rémy Cointreau’s newly opened GTR headquarters in Singapore and the three regional offices in Paris, Hong Kong and Miami.
FranÃ§ois van Aal, previously International Director Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail, has been named Regional Director Rémy Cointreau Travel Retail Americas. Van Aal will be based in Miami at the heart of an organisation which covers Canada, the US, the Caribbean and South America.
Matthew Hodges is the newly appointed European Director Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail and will be based in Paris. Hodges spent nine years with Diageo, where he was the Strategy Director of the global duty free business. More recently he has been working with The Moodie Report on a number of consultancy projects.
Joel Lafon, currently Area Director Asia Pacific Maxxium, will move to Rémy Cointreau as Regional Director for the same area. Lafon will continue to be based in Hong Kong.
Rémy Cointreau owns a portfolio of premium and historic brands including Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac and Rémy Martin Louis XIII; Cointreau; Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagnes; Metaxa, Mount Gay Rum; and Passoa.
Sant commented: “Rémy Cointreau Group has taken the bold decision to manage the distribution of its prestigious brands worldwide and to take control of its own destiny. Although the current global economic environment is likely to constrain growth in all markets in the short term, there is great capacity for growth in premium wines and spirits and following our innovative repositioning of our portfolio our experienced team is well placed to capitalise on that potential.”
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