Glazer's Distributors president Jerry Cargill and National Wine and Spirits chairman James LaCrosse yesterday announced the appointment of John Wittig as president of Illinois-based Union Beverage Company, effective August 16. Wittig will report to Keith Petrauskas, Glazer's Midwest region president.

"We are extremely excited to have John Wittig manage Union Beverage," said Glazer's executive vice president and COO Barkley Stuart. "John is a high-calibre leader who can help us maximise our growth potential in Illinois by focusing on the specific needs of our employees, customers and vendors."

"We view this appointment as a great opportunity to create a more effective strategic business strategy for Glazer's," said Glazer's CEO Bennett Glazer. "Wittig brings the kind of leadership skills and successful business performance needed to grow our Illinois business."

LaCrosse said: "Securing John Wittig as our Union Beverage President is a great next step in making Illinois a more successful market for our company."

Wittig has been in the industry 18 years. He worked at both the Brown-Forman and Seagram's companies, where he held a variety of senior level positions. He most recently spent three years as vice president and managing director for Brown-Forman's Atlantic Division.