David Halliday joined Gruppo Campari in 2015

David Halliday joined Gruppo Campari in 2015

Gruppo Campari has confirmed the departure of its managing director for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. 

David Halliday, who joined the Italy-based drinks firm from Diageo in 2015, resigned from the role on 21 December. A spokesperson for the company told just-drinks he left for "personal reasons". 

Australian trade publication The Shout reported that Asia Pacific business unit manager Franco Peroni is understood to be covering the role. Campari did not immediately name a replacement. 

Campari set up its office in Australia in 2010.

Also last month, Campari agreed to buy Cognac brand Bisquit Dubouché et Cie from Distell Group for EUR52.5m (US$62.2m).

The deal includes Bisquit's production facilities and inventory, Campari said. It is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. When completed, the purchase will give Campari a firmer hold in the Cognac category. The company bought the Cognac-based orange liqueur Grand Marnier in 2016 but does not own a stand-alone Cognac brand.

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