Constellation Europe has appointed Foster's EMEA marketing director James Lousada as its senior vice president of marketing and business development.

Lousada will join Constellation Europe on 2 April, a spokesperson for the wine giant confirmed to just-drinks today (5 March).

In the role, which has been newly created by Constellation, Lousada will report directly to group president Troy Christensen.

"Lousada will be responsible for consumer marketing and business development including innovation, consumer insights, international and export as well as the development of our Premium business across UK and Europe," said Constellation.

Further details on the role will be released nearer to Lousada's start date, the group spokesperson said.

Constellation Europe said before Christmas that it planned to cut up to 50 jobs in the UK, reflecting slowing wine sales as a result of the economic downturn and an 18% rise in wine duty tax in 2008.