PLB Group has expanded its marketing department with the appointment of two brand managers in the UK.

Adam Wyartt has been recruited to supervise the company's Italian, Iberian and US portfolios while Paul Shelton has been promoted internally to look after brands and agencies from South Africa, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Wyartt joins PLB from Francoli Distillers where he held the Piedmont-based position of export manager for two years, the company said yesterday (15 July). Prior to this he worked as marketing & sales director at the on-trade focused Class Magazine and as brand development manager at InSpirit Brands.

Shelton has been at PLB since 2002, where he has held a variety of marketing-based roles and worked across the company's multiple grocer accounts.

"Creating these brand manager positions was the next logical step in the on-going development of our marketing function," said PLB's managing director Peter Darbyshire.

Last month PLB beefed up its beer division with the creation of two new positions. Mark Johnson, formerly off-trade controller at Young's Brewery, was appointed as beer division director, and Martin Howe, previously senior national account manager at Wells and Young's and Greene King was appointed senior national account manager and brand manager for Palma Louca.