Paterno Wines International has appointed a regional sales manager for its international division.

The Illinois-based wine company said yesterday (24 January) that John Van Alphen will manage sales internationally. Van Alphen was previously with Allied Domecq, where he was territory manager for Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Bob Swartz, meanwhile, has been promoted to the position of vice-president of sales. Swartz joined Paterno last August, as director of the international division. Prior to joining Paterno, Swartz spent 17 years with Seagram and Allied Domecq.

"We are confident his industry experience in sales and human resources will enrich PWI as we continue to strengthen our sales organisation and further position our company for continued growth and success," Paterno said.

In addition, Jim McGuire, national accounts and chain manager, will now report directly to chief operating officer Tom Steffanci.

Paterno is the luxury wine marketing and sales organisation for the Terlato Wine Group.