Todd Martin, president of Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine North America has resigned with immediate effect.

Philip Bowman, chief executive said today: "The Board has accepted Todd Martin's resignation. We have concluded mutually that there is such a disparity on strategic direction and execution that it is better Todd leave the company at this point."

For the interim, Richard Turner, president ADSW Global Operations and director of Allied Domecq PLC, will manage the day-to-day operations of ADSW in North America.

Martin has also resigned as a director of Allied Domecq Plc.