US spirits group Castle Brands has today (15 May) announced two key executive appointments.
John Soden has been named as international managing director and will be responsible for international strategy at Castle Brands, as well as international sales and marketing activities.
Previously with Irish drinks group C&C, Soden has significant experience in international markets including Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and duty free. He also worked for some years for C&C in the US.
Castle Brands has also named Seth Weinberg to the newly-created role of senior vice president and general counsel. He will be responsible for securities, finance and corporate governance issues and SEC reporting, as well as mergers and acquisitions transactions. He was formerly a corporate specialist with the law firm Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
The company said that the two men would report to president and chief operating officer Keith Bellinger, and Mark Andrews, chairman and CEO.
"In order to successfully grow our brands, the international marketplace is critical," Andrews said. "John brings a wealth of global experience to the table and we are very excited to have him join us."

Andrews added: "We are also at a point in our company's development where it became clear we needed an in-house counsel. Seth has the experience and personality to help us achieve our near-term and long-range goals. Both John and Seth are welcome additions to our growing team of professionals."

Castle Brands produces a stable of spirits brands including British Royal Navy Imperial rum and Knappogue Irish whiskey.