US drinks group, Constellation Brands Inc, has named Robert Sands as its new president and chief operating officer, a newly created position.

In this new role, Sands will have responsibility for all of the group's trading divisions, with imported beer and spirits, popular and premium wines, fine wines, UK brands and wholesale all reporting directly to him.
 
Sands was formerly group president, overseeing popular and premium wine and UK brands, Constellation's wholesale divisions, and other international activities.

Richard Sands, chairman and chief executive officer, said: "In recent years, as Constellation rapidly grew organically and through acquisitions, our current organization worked well. We knew, however, that there were ways we could improve the corporate structure to make it more accommodating to our continuing growth."

He added: "What won't change is our commitment to keeping production, sales and marketing resident in our operating divisions."
He added, "Rob Sands has been with the company since 1986 and my partner in building Constellation. His in-depth knowledge of Constellation and focus on our international operations make him an ideal chief operating officer."