Castle Brands has nominated seven of its eight current directors for re-election to its board as well as suggested two newcomers.

The company said yesterday (20 August) that it has nominated Gill Jefferson and Keith Bellinger for election to the board, with Phillip Frost sitting out of the vote.

Jefferson brings 23 years of experience in the industry, having previously worked with the Irish Distillers Group and managed one of its subsidiaries, The Old Bushmills Distillery.

Bellinger, Castle Brand's current president and CEO, brings 20 years of experience in the industry, having previously worked as president of Allied Domecq North America and CFO of Allied Domecq's US spirits division.

Castle's chairman and CEO Mark Andrews said: "Mr. Jefferson's extensive knowledge of sales and marketing of spirits and his international contacts, together with Mr. Bellinger's strong operating and financial experience in the spirits industry, will result in each of these individuals making significant contributions to our board. Combined, Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Bellinger bring over 40 years of very high level experience in the industry, both domestically and internationally, further strengthening our board as we continue to grow our business globally."

Frost, who was not nominated for re-election due to other commitments preventing him from attending a number of board meetings, will continue in the capacity of an special advisor to the board. "I plan to remain very involved with Castle Brands and feel that I can serve the company more effectively as an investor and special advisor than as a director," Frost said.