Stock Spirits has appointed a new regional manager in central and south-eastern Europe.

The UK-based company, which operates primarily in Eastern Europe, said yesterday (1 September) that Dario Covic will assumed the newly-created role, covering operations in Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria and Austria.

Covic joins Stock Spirits from Croatian food company Ledo, where he had been international operations director. He will be based in Zagreb and will report to company managing director, Tony Roberts.

Earlier this year, Stock Spirits posted a healthy lift in sales and operating profits for 2008.

Backed by Oaktree Capital, Stock was created through the integration of Stock and Polish spirits company Polmos Lublin in 2007.