Pernod Ricard announces promotions in the UK

Pernod Ricard announces promotions in the UK

Pernod Ricard has promoted Patrick Venning to the post of spirits marketing director at its UK arm.

Venning replaces Vlastimil Spelda, who has moved to become director of Pernod's breakthrough innovation group, an independent unit set up to develop new products globally. A spokesperson for the group told just-drinks today (19 January) that he will be based in Paris.

Having spent seven years with the UK division across the full portfolio, Venning was most recently in charge of marketing for Havana Club, Jameson, Malibu and Kahlua in the country.

His appointment is accompanied by promotions for two other members of the Pernod UK team. Operations director Phil Corfield will step up to the UK unit's executive committee, as will Venning. Corfield will keep his current role, which he has held since March 2011.

Meanwhile, Ian Peart has become channel director for the on-trade, stepping up from his previous position as field sales controller for spirits in the on-trade. Peart replaces Nick Yates, who has left the business for personal reasons, a Pernod spokesperson said.