Allied Domecq's UK boss, Chris Heath, has been moved to head up the company's largest market, after accepting the position as managing director for Allied Domecq Spain.

"To take immediate effect, Heath's appointment recognises the outstanding leadership role he has played during his three-year tenure in the UK.  During this period the UK business has delivered excellent results, enhanced its core business competencies and introduced new expertise, particularly in the areas of consumer marketing and innovation," said Allied in a statement.

Heath's replacement has yet to be confirmed, but Neil Everitt, the group's European president, will lead the UK team in the interim.

"Chris Heath's appointment is a direct reflection of his achievements in the UK," says Neil Everitt.  "Under his direction, the UK team has been extremely successful in recent years not only in the delivery of business results but also in enhancing team working across Europe."

On making the announcement Chris Heath said: "It's been a privilege to work as MD for the UK market. During my time with ADUK I have also built strong relationships with many customers and I would like to thank them for their support and commitment."