Beam Global Spirits & Wine has appointed a new senior position in its corporate affairs department.

The drinks company said yesterday (16 January) that John Walter will become director of corporate affairs, international. Walter will be charged with "managing Beam's international government affairs activities, promoting public policy strategies and tactics that align with Beam Global's overall commercial strategy", the company said. He will report directly to Chris Swonger, Beam's senior vice president of corporate affairs.

Prior to working with Beam Global in a consultative capacity, Walter held the position of director of trade and industry affairs at Allied Domecq.

"As a company, we are committed to strengthening and enhancing our employee base and are pleased to add John's relevant expertise to the Beam Global corporate affairs team," Swonger said. "From his previous work with Allied Domecq and as a seasoned consultant in the spirits and wine industry, John brings significant experience to this position.

"The creation of this post along with John's appointment to director of corporate affairs, international reaffirms Beam Global's commitment to leading the industry through our strong partnerships and valuable employees."