The Terlato Wine Group (TWG) has announced the appointment of Tom Steffanci as chief operating officer of Paterno Wines International (PWI), the group's luxury wine marketing and sales organisation. The appointment takes effect from 24 October.

Having previously held positions with both Diageo and Allied Domecq, Steffanci will be responsible for managing the company's operations including distributor management, marketing, domestic and international sales, business and financial planning and support staff. He will report to TWG and PWI president and CEO William A. Terlato.

"We are pleased to welcome Tom as our new COO," said Terlato. "His leadership and expertise in distributor management, beverage marketing and sales add significant strength to our growing organisation. My father, brother and I have a unified vision for our company's future growth, which Tom shares. We are confident his extensive industry expertise will help us achieve our goals."