Constellation Brands names Jay Wright as COO

Constellation Brands names Jay Wright as COO

Constellation Brands has appointed its first chief operating officer.

The Robert Mondavi winemaker said yesterday (1 June) that Jay Wright, its current president for North America, will assume the newly-created position with immediate effect.

"In his new role, Wright will provide unified leadership for marketing, sales and operations across the company's entire business," said Constellation. Earlier this year, the wine giant sold the bulk of its overseas operations, including Hardys, to CHAMP Private Equity. The US wine market is now central to its plans.

A spokesperson for Constellation told just-drinks that the group is not seeking to replace Wright in his previous position.

Wright has been president of Constellation North America since December 2009. He was previously president of Vincor International. Constellation acquired Canada-based Vincor for CAD1.58bn in June 2006.

The group said that Wright will continue to report to Constellation CEO Rob Sands. It did not publish any details regarding Wright's possible replacement in the North America role.