Beam Inc has confirmed a change of business manager for its travel retail unit in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region.

The US spirits company said earlier today (26 January) that Antony Kime moves up from his current role as international marketing manager for Maker’s Mark to replace Gareth Brown, who is set to head up the whisky division of Beam’s new European marketing team. In addition to the EMEA post, Kine will also be responsible for business strategy for travel retail in the North Americas.

“We are committed to (travel retail's) development through investment in an accelerated programme of innovation and the implementation of … consumer activation,” said Kime.

Kime has been with Beam since 2006, starting off as licensing manager for Australia and New Zealand. He has also spent time with The Coca-Cola Co.