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High West CEO joins Gem & Bolt Mezcal as chairman

Gem & Bolt Mezcal has appointed High West Distillery CEO John Esposito to the role of chairman of the board.

John Esposito is Gem & Bolt Mezcal’s new chairman

Esposito brings 40 years of experience to the role, as former president, Stoli Group USA; CEO, Bacardi North America; president and CEO of Schieffelin & Somerset and Moet Hennessy USA; and president of one of the largest distributors in the US, Premier Beverage of Florida.

“Distilled using 100% agave, Gem & Bolt is raising the industry standard for what it means to be a clean spirit, offering a pure, additive-free product with a unique emphasis on plant alchemy,” said Esposito.

“Beyond its elevated offering, Gem & Bolt is uniquely connected to a global community of artists,¬†musicians, creatives and tastemakers alike who share the belief that a positive lifestyle elevates higher consciousness.”

Gem & Bolt co-founder and creative director Adrina Drina said: “John’s extensive experience leading top brands in the spirits arena brings an invaluable wealth of knowledge and strategic edge to our business.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to the global Gem & Bolt family during this expansive growth period.”

In April 2017, Esposito was named chairman of Barbados-based Real McCoy Spirits, makers of rum inspired by Prohibition rum runner Bill McCoy.

Constellation Brands acquired craft whiskey producer High West Distillery for around US$160 million in 2016.

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