June 2013
Diageo has announced the ap-
pointment of
Ivan Menezes
CEO, effective July 1
. Current
CEO Paul Walsh will step down
from the Board at Diageo’s 2013
Annual Meeting in September
and retire in June 2014. In the
interim, Walsh will focus on
transitioning critical partner
and external relationships, in-
cluding those essential to recent acquisitions. Menezes was previ-
ously COO and has been with Diageo since 1997.
Domaine Select Wine Estates (DSWE) has added key personnel
to strengthen DSWE’s national sales leadership team.
Joe Losardo
joined DSWE in June 2012 and has been named EVP of Business
Development & Operations. He works closely with ownership and
other executives to implement and maintain sales strategies, opera-
tions and efficiencies company-wide.
Gerry Keogh
joined DSWE
in January 2013 and is a Divisional VP of Sales. A native of Ireland,
he has nearly 20 years of experience in the U.S. wine and spirits in-
Rick Caudle
also joined DSWE in January 2013 and brings
more than three decades of industry experience to his new role as
Divisional VP of Sales. DSWE has also promoted
Kelly Levison
National Portfolio Manager for the Classic & Vintage Spirits divi-
sion of DSWE. Levison has been with DSWE since 2009, serving
as Portfolio Specialist for Classic & Vintage for the past two years.
In his new post, Levison has a more active role in supplier relations,
sales strategy and brand programming. He will lead training ses-
sions, educational seminars and participate in marketing and sales
events across the country.
Domaines Barons de Rothschild
(Lafite) has appointed
as President and CEO
of Pasternak Wine Imports.
Brauer is replacing Jim Galtieri,
founder of Pasternak, who will
remain on the Board and serve
as special advisor to the chair-
man. Stephen has over 20 years
of fine wine experience. Brauer
has held senior executive roles
with SeagramChateau & Estates, Pernod Ricard USA, BeamGlobal
Spirits, PeakWines and most recently Treasury Wine Estates, serving
as Managing Director of the Beringer Brand Business Unit.
Veev Spirits welcomes
“Sandy” Calvert
to their team
as VP National Accounts, Off-
Premise. In her new role, she
is responsible for managing
and building the growth of off-
premise chain business for both
Veev and VitaFrute. Calvert
is tasked with continuing off-
premise growth and broadening
the brand’s portfolio of retailers.
Prior to joining Veev, Calvert was Director of National Accounts at
Phillips Distilling, managing UV Vodka and smaller brands.
Stoli Group USA has appointed
Lori Tieszen
as VP of Marketing
for its U.S. operations. She is responsible for leading all marketing
activities for Stoli Group USA and is based in New York. Her ap-
pointment follows the decision
by SPI Group to establish Stoli
Group USA to manage its port-
folio directly throughout the
U.S. and Canada, starting Janu-
ary 1
, 2014. Tieszen has more
than 25 years of drinks industry
marketing experience and was
most recently Executive Direc-
tor for Wines of Chile USA.
Kelly Levison
Joe Losardo
Rick Caudle
Ivan Menezes
Stephen Brauer
Sandy Calvert
Lori Tieszen
Gerry Keogh
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