The changes to Diageos leadership team in the US and Canada take effect later this year

The changes to Diageo's leadership team in the US and Canada take effect later this year

Diageo has confirmed a change of leadership at its Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&EW) division in the US.

The company said late last week that current president Claudia Schubert, who assumed the role in 2012, has been appointed to the role of president of Control States & Canada. Schubert takes over as head of Control States in the US from Greg Armstrong, who is set to retire.

Replacing Schubert at DC&WE is Stephen Rust, who will also retain his responsibilities overseeing Diageo's Reserve business in the country. Rust has spent the last 12 years in the wine industry, having joined Diageo from drinks distributor Schieffelin & Somerset in 2006.

Jakob Ripshtein, who was announced as Diageo's next president for Canada last week, will report in to Schubert.

Larry Schwartz, president of Diageo North America, said: “Over the last two years, she (Schubert) has implemented our new wine strategy, which has returned wines to growth and delivered strong margin improvement.”

At the same time, Diageo said that Aren Korte, currently SVP of supply finance & category performance, will become general manager of DC&E and will report in to Rust.

The appointments take effect from 1 July.

The US has 18 Control States, where the state authorities hold a monopoly on the wholesaling and/or retailing of alcohol. The list contains Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.