Kim Manley, the chief marketing officer, of the world's number two spirits group Allied Domecq has resigned and will leave the group without compensation.

As just-drinks revealed on December 3, Manly had been suspended from Allied since September pending an investigation into "irregularities".

At the time, Allied Domecq corporate affairs director Stephen Whitehead confirmed that Manley had been on leave since the beginning of September but would not discuss the nature of the allegations. It is understood that they were related to supplier dealings.

Manley joined Allied Domecq as chief marketing officer in the autumn of 2000. Previously, he was president of Smirnoff and the marketing director of Guinness UDV in Australia.

Simon Stuart, senior vice president for marketing is filling Manley's role on a temporary basis but Allied Domecq said an external search will be initiated for a successor.