The European Spirits Organisation - CEPS has elected a new president for the next two years.

The trade organisation announced yesterday (3 December) that Guy Tapernoux, who has previously held positions as managing director of Bacardi-Martini in Benelux and Boisset in France, will succeed Pernod Ricard's Philippe Mouton who has presided over the organisation since 2005.

Tapernoux, who currently works for Belgian distiller Bruggeman, has been both chairman of the Belgian Federation of Wines and Spirits (FBVS) and the European Federation of Importers of Wine and Spirits (FIVS).

Tapernoux said: "I would like to congratulate my predecessor Philippe Mouton for the excellent progress CEPS has made during his term, most notably in the field of increased social responsibility, as illustrated by the adoption of the CEPS Charter on Responsible Alcohol Consumption, and I have every intention of building further on these strong foundations during my term."

CEPS is the representative body for the spirits industry at the European level. Its membership comprises 37 national associations representing the industry in 29 countries, as well as a group of leading spirits producing companies.