Champagne Bollinger has lined up an impending replacement for its 'head of house'.

The French company confirmed today (17 September) that Jérôme Philipon has joined Bollinger from the Coca-Cola Company, to assume the newly-created position of managing director. Philipon started with Bollinger at the beginning of this month, the company said.

Having spent nine years with Coca-Cola as managing director of various businesses within the group in both Asia and Europe, Philipon also spent 11 years with the Nestlé Group in France, the UK and Asia.

The appointment of Philipon follows the election in March of Bollinger's current président directeur général (CEO), Ghislain de Montgolfier, to the position of president at industry body Union des Maisons de Champagne. Following a transition period, Philipon will assume De Montgolfier's mantle as head of the Champagne house in the spring next year, the company said, which "will permit his (De Montgolfier's) further dedication to the smooth running of Champagne's 'Interprofessional' body.