Direct Wines has appointed the head of wine for Waitrose as its new global wine director.

Justin Howard-Sneyd will take up the role at the end of February and will be responsible for Direct Wines' portfolio across its various international businesses, including its largest UK brand, Laithwaites Wine.

Direct Wines chief executive, Simon McMurtrie, said: "I am delighted that Justin is joining our global executive team. His appointment will strengthen and build on the success of the existing team."

Howard-Sneyd will take over from Dan Snook who is leaving Direct Wines to relocate to France, where he has taken the role of managing director for a Bordeaux negociant.

McMurtrie added: "I am very grateful for all Dan's hard work and commitment during the last 18 months. The improvements to our wine range and the regard in which we are now held by the wider wine world are a tribute to his efforts."