The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) has announced the appointment of a new chairman for its board.

Sean O'Neill, chief corporate relations officer for Heineken, has taken up the role of chairman of the ICAP board of directors on a two-year contract. He replaces Rick Connor, VP of international public affairs at Pernod Ricard who has completed his two-year term.

ICAP has a regular two-year turnover of its board chairmanship.

"I am delighted to welcome Sean O'Neill as ICAP Chairman of the Board," said ICAP's president Marcus Grant. "His depth of international experience with alcohol policy and communications brings welcome expertise to our organisation's strategic leadership."

Before joining Heineken, Sean spent eight years in senior roles within the beverage alcohol sector, first as communication and corporate affairs director for Guinness Brewing and then, following the merger of Guinness and UDV, as brand and market communication director for Diageo.