Maxxium Worldwide has appointed Beam Global's managing director to the position of board chairman.

The global distribution company said today (23 July) that Donard Gaynor will take over from current chairman, Ketil Eriksen, president of V&S Absolut Spirits, following the completion of his two-year chairmanship.

The company also announced that several other board changess. Edrington's Richard Hunter will be the new chairman of Maxxium's finance committee, while Jean-Marie Laborde from Remy Cointreau will be chairman of the Human Resources Committee. V&S' Andreas Berggren, meanwhile, will be chairman of the Maxxium operating committee and Edrington's Bill Farrar will take the role of chairman of the Maxxium transition committee, set up late last year to oversee Maxxium's transition strategy following Rémy-Cointreau's announcement that it will leave Maxxium in March 2009.

Maxxium CEO Ben Van Doesburgh said: "The changes to the Maxxium supervisory board further reflect the commitment of all our shareholders and re-enforces the fact that we continue to focus on the success and growth of Maxxium. It is business as usual."

All personnel changes took place at the beginning of July, Maxxium noted.