The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) has appointed a new chairman.

The Washington-based not-for-profit organisation said today (14 January) that Rick Connor, vice president of International public affairs at Pernod Ricard since February 2002, will assume the position for the next two years. Connor, who was previously the group's vice-chairman, replaces Barton Alexander, the global vice president of alcohol policy and corporate responsibility at Molson Coors, as chairman.

The chairman post at ICAP carries a fixed two-year tenure.

Established in 1995 to promote global public and private partnership in the area of alcohol policy, ICAP is supported by 10 major international beverage companies, including Brown-Forman, Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Heineken.