US distributor Southern Wine & Spirits of America has said its executive VP & general manager of South Carolina will step down on 1 February. 

Tom Collins has been with the company since 1993. Upon retirement, Collins will act as a consultant for the unit on local legislation. 

Steve Baker, VP & general sales manager for SWS-SC, will step into the general manager role, following Collins' retirement. Baker has worked for the company for 22 years. 

Earlier this year, Southern Wine & Spirits of America created a national director of education role for the full Beam Suntory portfolio.