Constellation Brands has announced a switch of leadership at its North American wine unit.

The company confirmed today (1 December) that Jay Wright will become president of Constellation Wines North America (CWNA) with immediate effect. José Fernandez, the subsidiary's CEO, has begun a leave of absence due to personal medical reasons.

Wright was named executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Constellation Wines US in March. Prior to the post, he served as president of Vincor Canada for seven years.

Wright will continue to report in to Constellation's president and CEO, Rob Sands.

The CWNA organisation includes Constellation Wines US and Vincor Canada.