VICTOR, NY, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Constellation Brands, Inc. (CBI), the world's leading premium wine company, announced today that Eric Morham, president of the company's Canadian business, will retire effective May 31, 2013 after 40 years in the beverage alcohol industry.
"Eric's broad and deep global experience in the wine industry has helped to solidify Constellation's leadership position in Canada," said Jay Wright, chief operating officer, CBI. "He has been a highly valuable member of Constellation's management team and we thank him for his expertise, strategic insights and accomplishments over the years."
Morham joined CBI in 2004 and became president of the Canadian business in 2009. During his tenure, he implemented a number of organic growth strategies focused on key Canadian brands such as Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs. Prior to his current role, he served in key strategic leadership positions, including senior vice president (SVP), International and president of Icon Estates, the company's former U.S. luxury and fine wine business.
Succeeding Morham is Ben Dollard, currently SVP, International. His appointment is effective March 1, 2013.
"Ben has great experience building global brands, such as Robert Mondavi and Inniskillin, and working in various markets," Wright said. "He brings significant knowledge of the international business to the leadership role and will be an asset to our Canadian business."
Dollard joined CBI in 2001 and has extensive brand building, sales, marketing and production experience, including being involved in U.S. exports into Canada. Most recently, Dollard has focused on establishing and executing CBI's emerging markets strategy. Dollard will be based in Mississauga, Ontario.
CBI has appointed Philip Kingston, to replace Dollard as SVP of Constellation's international business, effective March 1, 2013. Kingston currently leads the Asian business in Hong Kong. He joined CBI in 1996 and has held a number of positions including chief financial officer of Pacific Wine Partners, SVP Constellation Spirits and SVP Sales and Marketing for the company's New Zealand business. He will be based in San Francisco.
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands is the world's leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and more than 4,400 talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation's brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Inniskillin, Franciscan Estate, Mark West, Ruffino, Simi, Estancia, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in our portfolio, sales in about 100 countries and operations in approximately 40 facilities. The company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to our brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to different people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more about Constellation, visit the company's website at www.cbrands.com.
Image with caption: "Eric Morham, currently president of Constellation Brands' Canadian business, will retire effective May 31. (CNW Group/Constellation Brands)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5664_PHOTO_EN_22533.jpg
Image with caption: "Ben Dollard, currently senior vice president of Constellation Brands' International business, will become president of the Canadian business effective March 1. (CNW Group/Constellation Brands)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5664_PHOTO_EN_22531.jpg
Image with caption: "Philip Kingston, currently leads Constellation Brands' Asian business, will become head of the company's International business, effective March 1. (CNW Group/Constellation Brands)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130114_C5664_PHOTO_EN_22532.jpg
SOURCE: Constellation Brands
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