William Grant & Sons, the Scotch whisky group and owner of distribution business First Drinks, has appointed Bacardi's marketing head Stella David as its new CEO.

David, who will take up the role from 10 August, will replace Roland van Bommel, who decided late last year that he would step down after five years in the position, William Grant said today (19 June).

David is currently chief marketing officer at Bacardi, a job she has held for four years. At Bacardi, she has also been VP of global operations, MD of Asia Pacific and CEO of the UK and Dutch divisions.

William Grant chairman Peter Gordon said: "Whilst it is with regret that we see the departure of Roland, we would like to recognise his significant contribution in taking the company to a new level. We are very pleased to welcome Stella to join the board as our new chief executive as we continue our journey to grow the company."

The firm did not say what van Bommel will go on to do.