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Rémy Cointreau appoints new spirits CEO

Rémy Cointreau has appointed a new CEO of its liqueurs and spirits division to replace Justin Weston, who left to head up William Grant & Sons’ travel retail division.

Panos Sarantopoulos will now head up Rémy Cointreau’s liqueurs and spirits division

Panos Sarantopoulos, formerly CEO of Metaxa liqueur, has stepped into the position with the remit to accelerate growth of the French drink’s company’s liqueurs and spirits.

“I am honoured to be taking on the helm of the liqueurs & spirits division of Rémy Cointreau,” Sarantopoulos said. “With the support of talented teams and our group’s agile distribution network, we will inject fresh energy into the division’s houses, brands and activities so that they continue to gather the worldwide recognition they deserve.”

Sarantopoulos joined Rémy Cointreau in 2011 to take over Metaxa, but previously held a variety of roles at LVMH including business development director for Hennessy, senior vice-president of sales for Veuve Clicquot and president and CEO for the House of Krug.

As CEO of Rémy Cointreau’s liqueurs and spirits division, Sarantopoulos will be responsible for the House of Cointreau, St, Rémy French brandy, Passoa, Izarra and Pnche Kuba liqueurs, whisky Guneagel plus distribution activity of Rémy Cointreau Gastronomie.

Weston joined William Grant & Sons as managing director of global travel retail on 1 April this year.

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