The president and CEO of Corby Distilleries is to stand down.

The Canadian company confirmed yesterday (11 January) that Krystyna Hoeg will leave on 1 February "to pursue personal interests".

Hoeg will be replaced by Con Constandis, who has previous industry experience with Allied Domecq and Seagram.

"Krys deserves credit for her role in leading solid performance and creating good relationships in the Canadian marketplace, and we wish her the best," said George McCarthy, Corby's chairman. "I am very pleased that we have found an experienced leader in Con to replace Krys, and I am confident that his expertise will provide a strong foundation for future growth."

Hoeg will spend the next few weeks assisting Constandis with his transition into the role.

Constandis previously served as chief operating officer and CFO for Allied's North American business.

Prior to that, he was at the former Seagram's Spirits & Wine Co. in various executive capacities within their US, Canadian and international operations. His most recent industry role was managing director in the Americas for Castle Brands.

Corby is 46%-owned by French drinks giant Pernod Ricard.