Southern Glazer’s reshuffles east region exec team

15th January, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

US drinks distribution company Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has made a number of changes to its east region executive team, effective immediately.

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has promoted employees to new roles in the east region

Vice president of commercial operations for Florida Walter Cowell has been promoted to the role of executive vice president and general manager of mid-Atlantic, responsible for the Maryland, Washington DC and Delaware markets.

He will relocate to Washington DC and report to Gene Sullivan, president of the east region.

“Walter has been an outstanding contributor to the Florida market during his tenure with the company,” said Sullivan.

“His nearly 30 years of industry experience, coupled with his proven ability to drive business performance and value for our customers and suppliers, positions him for continued success as he takes on this new leadership role in the mid-Atlantic.”

Taking over Cowell’s previous role is Greg Astle, the vice president of trade development for Southern Glazer’s transatlantic unit.

Before joining the firm, Astle worked at Diageo North America and E & J Gallo Winery.

In addition, Mark Chaplin has been promoted to director of sales and commercial operations for the east region. Chaplin joined Southern Glazer’s in 2018 as part of the east region commercial strategy group.

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