Central European Distribution Corporation has appointed a new CFO. The company announced yesterday (7 December) that it has appointed Christopher Biedermann to the position. Biedermann replaces Neil Crook, who will resign on 17 January next year but will remain with the company to assist Biedermann until 16 March. Crook has served as CFO since February 2000.

In a statement, William Carey, president and CEO, said: "We wish Neil the very best with his future endeavours and thank him for his hard work during a very dynamic time for the company.

"We are pleased to be adding Chris to the team," Carey continued. "He brings a strong background in financial management from his experience in various financial positions he has held with Coca-Cola Bottlers in Poland and as CFO with Coca-Cola Bottlers in Slovenia. In addition, Chris has recently worked as country finance manager with General Electric in Poland. He also has a solid audit background from his years with KPMG and Ernst & Young. Chris has worked in Poland and Central Europe for the last 10 years and will reside full time in Warsaw."

CEDC is one of the leading importers of beers, wines and spirits, as well as the largest distributor of domestic vodka on a nationwide basis, in Poland. The company operates 11 distribution centres and 65 satellite branches throughout Poland. It distributes brands such as Johnnie Walker Scotch, Stock Brandy, Jose Cuervo Tequila, Sutter Home, Torres, Mondavi and Concha y Toro wines, Corona, Beck's, Foster's, Grolsch, Budweiser Budvar and Guinness Stout beers in Poland.