Southern Wine & Spirits said today (19 October) that it had created a new corporate level position by appointing Andrew Harman as vice president, organisational development.

Brad Vassar, executive vice president, general manager of the leading wine and spirits distributor in the US said Harman's responsibilities would include employee training, retention and talent development policies and programmes.

In his new position, Harman will report to Vassar and work closely with W. Michael Head, senior vice president of human resources.

Vassar said: "Andy brings a wealth of industry background to this new position. His experience with all levels of the wine and spirits industry will be very valuable in helping Southern Wine & Spirits of America identify best practices and extend them throughout our organisation."

Head said: "Andy's enthusiasm, energy and passion for the wine and spirits business are well known. We are delighted to have him join Southern in this newly created role which will help our company continue to implement industry-leading organisational development policies and practices today and in the future."

Harman last served as chief officer, global customer development. He was previously with Seagram.

Harman said: "I am thrilled to join this world-class organisation and look forward to contributing to Southern Wine's talent development strategies."