Beam Global Spirits & Wine has appointed a global chief marketing officer.

Rory Finlay will assume the position, as well as that of senior vice president, from 29 January, the US-based company said yesterday (3 January).

Finlay will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of global marketing strategies for Beam Global's leading spirits brands. He joins Beam from Wm Wrigley Jr. Co. where he was vice president and managing director of new confectionary brands.

"Rory Finlay is a proven builder of leading consumer brands with an impressive record of growing iconic brands in key global markets and launching fast-growing new products," said Tom Flocco, president and CEO of Beam.

"With the expansion of our portfolio of premium brands, Beam Global is on its way to becoming a brand-led company. Rory has extensive experience building brands from idea through field execution. He has driven several successful multi-brand efforts on both global and national levels, making him an excellent fit with our brand-led strategy."

Finlay will serve as a member of the Beam Global executive committee and will report directly to Flocco.

John Muller, Finlay's predecessor in the marketing position on an interim basis, returns to his original position of senior vice president for strategy and corporate development.