TORONTO, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Corby Distilleries Limited is pleased to announce the following move, effective as of July 1, 2013:
Andy Alexander, currently Vice-President of Sales at Corby Distilleries, has decided to retire from this position on July 1, 2013 after 13 years with the company and will leave Corby August 1 2013. "Andy has been an instrumental part of the success of Corby in the Canadian market and a hugely valued member of our Executive team, so while it was difficult for me to accept his decision, I have of course respected it," said Patrick O'Driscoll, Corby's Chief Executive Officer.
Andy will be replaced by Stéphane Côté, the current Director of Sales for Ontario, on July 1, 2013. Stéphane has been with Corby and Pernod Ricard for nine years, and for 24 years in the alcohol beverage industry. Stéphane's extensive sales experience has covered seven provinces including Ontario, Québec, British Colombia and the Atlantics. "We are delighted to welcome Stéphane to the Executive team. Stéphane brings a wealth of experience and leadership that will allow us to continue seamlessly to implement our long-term vision and strategy," commented Mr. O'Driscoll.
Stéphane, a native of Québec, will continue to remain in the company's headquarters in Toronto and will work with Andy between now and the end of July to ensure a smooth transition. "I am excited and honoured to accept this new role and look forward to working closely with our trade partners across Canada to build on the sales success that Andy has brought to the company over the years," said Mr. Côté.
Succession planning is a fundamental strategic pillar of Corby's people strategy. "I am very pleased to see this strategy come to fruition in this key personnel move", added Paul Holub, Vice-President of Human Resources.
Corby Distilleries Limited is a leading Canadian marketer and distributor of spirits and imported wines. Corby's portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in Canada, including Wiser's Canadian whiskies, Lamb's rum, Polar Ice vodka and McGuinness liqueurs. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard, a global leader in the spirits and wine industry, Corby also represents leading international brands such as ABSOLUT vodka, Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet and Ballantine's scotches, Jameson Irish whiskey, Beefeater gin, Malibu rum, Kahlúa liqueur, Mumm champagne, and Jacob's Creek, Campo Viejo, Stoneleigh, Graffigna and Wyndham Estate wines. In 2012, Corby was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. For further information, please visit our website: www.corby.ca
Image with caption: "Andy Alexander, current Vice President of Sales (CNW Group/Corby Distilleries Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130402_C9904_PHOTO_EN_25020.jpg
Image with caption: "Stéphane Côté, upcoming Vice President of Sales, effective July 1, 2013 (CNW Group/Corby Distilleries Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130402_C9904_PHOTO_EN_25018.jpg
SOURCE: Corby Distilleries Limited
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