After five years, the CEO of drinks distributor Maxxium, Roland van Bommel, is to step down, from 1st July, to pursue other career opportunities.  Van Bommel will continue to advise the board until 30 September 2004 on key projects.

Huub van Doorne, Maxxium's chairman said: "Roland has been CEO since the start of Maxxium in August 1999.  Over these five years he has been one of the principal architects behind the building of Maxxium into an organisation which has the respect of the industry.  The successes of Maxxium are many, but I would like to highlight the establishment of a strong and effective team throughout the organisation, around the world and consistent core brand growth over the five year period, as two key achievements.

"I would like to thank Roland for his contribution and would like to wish him well in the future."

An international search is being conducted by Korn Ferry of London and is at a critical stage in the process. A further announcement to confirm the new CEO will be forthcoming shortly, Maxxium said.