Kilby will join Armit Wines in October

Kilby will join Armit Wines in October

The global marketing head for UK wine & spririts group Berry Bros & Rudd has been appointed managing director of rival Armit Wines.

Kirsten Kilby, who also served as the CEO of the Berry Bros wine unit, takes on the new role in October. She will replace Mike Laing, who leaves the company "by mutual agreement", Armit said.

Kilby has experience outside of the alcohol industry, having previously held senior marketing and communications roles at LVMH's TAG Heuer, Aquascutum, Nicole Farhi/French Connection and Paul Smith.

"The breadth of her experience both within the wine industry and in the wider luxury goods arena will bring great value to the business, its customers and its suppliers," Armit chairman Dominic Collier said.

Kilby leaves Berry Bros about a year after the company appointed Tesco's former group wine director, Dan Jago, as chief executive. In 2014, Jago, along with several other executives, was suspended from Tesco amid an investigation by the UK Financial Conduct Authority. He was later reinstated.

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