National Distributing Company (NDC) has announced strategic management changes in the US.

Jim Smith, current president and regional manager of NDC Florida, will return to Colorado. Pat Vogel, president and managing director of NDC Colorado, will transfer to NDC Maryland. Tom White, executive vice president and general manager of NDC Maryland, will relocate to Florida. Each will assume the title of president in their respective markets.

In a statement, Charlie Andrews, NDC President and chief operations officer, said: "We believe the current challenges and opportunities within each of these markets will be more effectively managed with the aforementioned leadership changes.

"The core competencies and strengths of each of these senior managers are clearly the best match for their new assignments."

All appointments at NDC, the fourth largest wine and spirits wholesaler in the US, will be effective from 1 February 2004.