Beam Global Spirits & Wine has announced a change of MD at its Sauza Mexico subsidiary.

Hector Hernandez has been lined up to replace Andy Consuegra as managing director from 2 May. Consuegra is stepping down for personal reasons, the company said.

Hernandez, who spent 12 years working at Allied Domecq, will report directly to Jim Clerkin, president of Beam Global Spirits & Wine North America. His most recent position has been as marketing director for Beiersdorf Corporativo, a German producer and distributor of cosmetic, dermatologic and medicinal supplies.

"I'm very excited to be back in the spirits industry, said Hernandez. "I am committed to leveraging the growth potential I believe still exists for Sauza and our other global brands."

"I would like to thank Andy for his steadfast commitment to the success of our Mexico commercial operations," said Clerkin. "During the course of his tenure in Mexico, Andy has served the company admirably and with great distinction. We wish him luck in his next venture."

Consuegra will remain with Sauza until June, allowing an overlap to ensure a smooth transition, the company said. He is said to be exploring a number of options and opportunities elsewhere within Beam.