Russian Standard has confirmed a change of personnel in the marketing department of its US unit.

The vodka producer said yesterday (7 January) that Michael Stoner will replace Drew Beaver as vice president of marketing at Russian Standard Vodka USA. Beaver has left the company to "pursue other interests", the company told just-drinks today.

Prior to joining Russian Standard, Stoner worked for five years as executive vice president of client services at Mktg US Concepts, where he was responsible for the Diageo account as well as Pepsi.

Stoner will be based out of the New York office and report to the unit's CEO, Leonid Yangarber.

At the same time, Bob MacNevin will fill the newly-created role of VP of national accounts and military. MacNevin will be responsible for off-premise and on-premise national accounts and military accounts.

MacNevin previously worked for Pernod Ricard USA where he was most recently general manager of US national accounts.

Back in October, Russian Standard secured its first global partnership, with Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail, to cover the duty free channel.