The deputy managing director at Pernod Ricard UK, Simon Thomas, will leave the company at the end of June

The deputy managing director at Pernod Ricard UK, Simon Thomas, will leave the company at the end of June

The deputy MD at Pernod Ricard's UK division is set to stand down from the role.

Simon Thomas, who was promoted to the position in early-2008, will leave the company at the end of June for personal reasons. Thomas has been with Pernod Ricard UK since 2003.

While there will not be a direct replacement, the division will see Chris Ellis become the commercial director for wine. A spokesperson for Pernod Ricard UK told just-drinks earlier today: "Chris is assuming Simon's operational responsibilities."

Pernod's UK MD, Denis O'Flynn, added: “Simon leaves the group with my warmest wishes and thanks for his contribution to the business over the last nine years."

Ellis, who starts in his new role on 1 July, moves up from his current position as channel director of off-trade spirits. Reporting in to O’Flynn, he will also become a member of the division's executive committee.

In September, O’Flynn was appointed MD of Pernod Ricard UK, after previous incumbent David de Mardt left Pernod before assuming the post.