Stuart Gray will become VP-general manager of Southerns Pacific Wine & Spirits division in California early next year

Stuart Gray will become VP-general manager of Southern's Pacific Wine & Spirits division in California early next year

Southern Wine & Spirits of America has appointed Stuart Gray to head up its Pacific Wine & Spirits division in California.

The wine and spirits distributor confirmed earlier this week that Gray will replace Patrick Daul as VP-general manager of the unit, which represents the Diageo and Moët Hennessy portfolios in the state. Details about where Daul has moved on to were not immediately available.

Gray joined E&J Gallo in marketing and sales in 1992, before moving on to become general sales manager, director of business development and national director of trade development. He joined the Pacific Wine & Spirits division in southern California last year, first as VP-sales manager and then as VP-trade development.

Reporting in to Gerry Rivero, executive VP and general manager of Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits’ corporate leadership team, Gray will assume the role from 2 January.