Gavin Hewiitt started as president of The European Spirits Organisation (CEPS) this week

Gavin Hewiitt started as president of The European Spirits Organisation (CEPS) this week

The European Spirits Organisation (CEPS) has confirmed a change of president, with the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association assuming the role.

The trade body announced earlier today (23 November) that Gavin Hewitt has been elected to the post. Hewitt, who has headed up the SWA since 2003, has begun with CEPS today. He replaces James Cockeram, the MD of Moët Hennessy Europe, who has completed his two-year tenure with CEPS.

“It is an honour to be recognised by my peers in this way,” said Hewitt, who will continue to work for the SWA. “My main objective will be to drive home to the European institutions the economic importance of the spirits sector and to secure recognition that it is living up to the high standards of responsibility that it has set itself.”

As the representative body for Europe's spirits industry, CEPS' membership comprises 30 national associations representing the industry in 26 countries, as well as a group of spirits producers.