Kraig Naasz is the new head of DISCUS

Kraig Naasz is the new head of DISCUS

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) has appointed Kraig Naasz as its president & CEO.

Naasz replaces Peter Cressy, who has held the position for 16 years, from 1 January. He is currently head of the American Frozen Food Institute.  According to DISCUS, during Cressy's tenure, the spirits industry increased its alcoholic drinks market share in the US by 22%, and supplier revenues increased from US$10.7bn annually to around US$23bn.

The trade organisation confirmed in March that Cressy would step down during 2015.

DISCUS vice chair, and Moet Hennessy USA CEO, Jim Clerkin who led the eight-month search, said: “Kraig’s proven public policy and communications expertise makes him the right choice to build on the successful tenure of Peter Cressy.”

Cressy added: “I am confident the board made the right choice in Kraig. He has the leadership experience plus the Washington savvy to ensure that the industry continues to be well-represented in Washington, in the states and around the globe.”

In August, the American Craft Spirits Association, which joined forces with DISCUS for lobbying purposes, appointed a new director.