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Stoli Group has confirmed the departure of its US & Canada chief executive and chief marketing officers.

Stoli Group declined to comment on why Piana and Cox left its US & Canada unit

Stoli Group declined to comment on why Piana and Cox left its US & Canada unit

The Stolichnaya vodka owner told just-drinks today that CEO Patrick Piana and CMO Brian Cox left Stoli Group USA on 2 February. The company declined to say why.

Hugues Pietrini, Stoli's global CEO, will be responsible for the North American business, while Rudy Costello, who was chief commercial officer, is now chief operations officer at the unit. Russell Partei, who was VP of marketing, has been promoted to SVP of marketing.

Piana, a former head of Remy Martin, was appointed Stoli Group USA CEO in May 2015. During his tenure, he helped oversee a number of changes at the company, including the acquisition last year of American whiskey Kentucky Owl.

Cox joined Stoli Group USA as CMO in March last year after three years with Diageo as North America marketing director for gins & Scotch.

Former Stoli Group employees have been marking a number of appointments recently. This month, Cognac house Camus appointed Stoli's former Europe MD, Jean-Dominique Andreu, to the role of chief marketing officer. A few days before, Italian spirits producer Gruppo Montenegro appointed former Stoli Group CEO Rob Cullins as its North America head.

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