Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois has appointed Steven Taylor as vice-president of retail spirits.

Taylor will lead and direct retail spirit sales in the Chicago market from 2 January 2006.
Southern's Illinois and Kentucky vice-president and general manager Will Conniff said: "Steve Taylor has spent most of his career in the wine and spirits industry and has proven that he can manage and run a division with the high quality skill and leadership we require in our company leaders."

Taylor most recently worked as division vice president for Connecticut-based Allied Domecq Spirits, USA, before Allied Domecq was taken over by Pernod Ricard, in July this year.

"I am extremely excited about joining this world-class organisation and look forward to working closely not only with Will, but the entire Chicago-area sales and operational team here at Southern," Taylor said.