UK & USA: eSkye.com Announces Key Additions to Its European Management Team
Joining eSkye.com Europe as vice president of development is Simon Long, who has more than a decade of international sales and marketing experience, focused on a variety of markets. In addition to driving eSkye.com's business development efforts in Europe, Long will also support eSkye.com's business development opportunities in Latin America. Joining eSkye.com's U.K. operation is Derek Smith, who becomes the company's distributor channel director for the United Kingdom.
"We are thrilled to announce these excellent additions to our European management team," said John Davison, CEO of eSkye.com Europe. "Simon's depth of knowledge and practical experience across Europe and Latin America will accelerate our ability to launch eSkye.com in multiple markets with leading industry trading partners. Derek brings us an unmatched link to distributors in the U.K. I would like to welcome both of these excellent additions to eSkye.com's European management team."
The appointments are yet another step in the strategic expansion of the company's online global network and its role as the world's leading solutions provider for the beverage industry. In total, the members of eSkye.com's domestic and international leadership teams have more than 500 years of combined experience in the drinks and hospitality industry, representing eSkye.com's unparalleled level of commitment both to and from the industry it is designed to serve.
"With these appointments, we are adding another 30 years of combined industry experience to our management team, which has been a hallmark of eSkye.com's success around the world," said J. Smoke Wallin, founder and CEO of eSkye.com. "We are also welcoming two individuals who have had broad and unique experiences prior to joining eSkye.com. In all of our operations, we have demonstrated the power of combining groundbreaking technology with talented people who know this industry well. I am confident that both Simon and Derek will contribute to our proven formula for success."
Joining eSkye.com's European management team are:
Simon Long, vice president of development, eSkye.com Europe, brings 11 years of international sales and marketing experience in the drinks industry. Most recently, Long was UDV's sales development director, Europe, responsible for improving UDV's sales and customer management effectiveness. Prior to this, he led the development of global sales standards and capabilities, and a state-of-the-art benchmarking methodology for sales and marketing. His most recent in-market role was as sales director for IDV's business in Portugal. Earlier in his career, Long was responsible for J&B Scotch Whiskey's first and fourth biggest markets globally, Spain and Portugal. He also managed a portfolio of brand-market units in Scandinavia and South Europe and was IDV's sales and marketing manager, new brand development. Long graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Modern Languages and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Derek Smith, distributor channel director, eSkye.com U.K., has nearly 20 years of drinks industry experience, most recently as Key Accounts Controller for UDV, managing the independent wholesale, cash and carry, and convenience retail sectors. Prior to this, he was sales director for the western republics of the former Soviet Union for International Distillers and Vintners. Before joining IDV, Smith held a range of commercial roles for HP Bulmer (cider, beer, soft drinks). In addition to excellent on and off-premise sales experience, he brings leading edge customer and brand marketing, category and space management knowledge to the eSkye.com U.K. team.
eSkye.com has created the definitive online global network for the $600 billion worldwide beverage vertical market. eSkye.com's web-based technology, eBOTS(TM), and wireless application, eBOTS-m(TM), seamlessly link, end-to-end, all of the industry's tiers -- retailers, distributors, states and suppliers -- in a common online marketplace and information exchange. As the leading solutions provider for the beverage industry, eSkye.com continues to develop innovative enabling technologies that promote efficiency, increase profitability and save time. Developed and backed by a diverse group of proven industry leaders, eSkye.com streamlines the order process for both retailers and distributors and improves the supply chain across the industry. Through eSkye.com's strategic partnerships and alliances, the Company provides the beverage ordering solution for leading exchanges in the hospitality and restaurant procurement market, forming the world's largest and most powerful online procurement solution for businesses that sell beverage alcohol.
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