Pernod Ricard has confirmed the executive team for its recently-acquired Vin & Sprit Absolut Spirits.

The wine and spirits company said today that the Swedish business, which has been renamed The Absolut Company, will be headed up by the president of V&S Absolut, Ketil Eriksen, who will become CEO.

Matthias Aeppli, the vice president of global marketing at V&S Absolut since 2007, will continue in the same capacity at Absolut, while Kicki Alm, who joined the HR team at V&S Absolut in 2006, becomes vice president of human resources.

Krister Asplund, who has been with V&S Absolut since 1982, will be the vice president of manufacturing. Andreas Berggren, will be vice president of commercial, having been responsible for V&S Absolut's international activities outside the US since 2005.

Paula Eriksson will continue as vice president of corporate communications, with Stéphane Longuet joining Absolut as vice president of finance from Pernod Ricard Italia, where she had been CFO. Finally, Mikael Spångberg becomes vice president of legal affairs, having been responsible for legal affairs at V&S since 1996.

"It's an honour to continue to be entrusted with the leadership of Absolut vodka, and it feels like an acknowledgement that the strategy we followed in the past years has been a success," said CEO, Eriksen. "With an owner like Pernod Ricard, and with access to their exceptional distribution network in 70 countries, we have all the prerequisites to continue our strong growth."

Pernod completed the acquisition of V&S Group, the parent company of V&S Absolut Spirits, from the Swedish government late last month for EUR5.69bn (US$8.45bn). The company subsequently split V&S' operations in two, naming one The Absolut Company, and the other Pernod Ricard Nordic.