Spirits giant Bacardi has announced the death of the executive president of its Mexican subsidiary.

Manuel Rubiralta Diaz, 63, died unexpectedly yesterday (21 May) in Bermuda.

Rubiralta has been overseeing Bacardi's commerical activities in Mexico since 2000.

"We are deeeply honoured to have known Manuel as a friend and as president of Bacardi Mexico over the last seven years," said Facundo L. Bacardi, chairman of Bacardi Ltd. "Manuel was successful in leading Bacardi Mexico out of their difficult operating environment to becoming the leading spirits company in Mexico today. His integrity and commitment served as a beacon of light within the company."

Rubiralta is survived by his wife and three children.