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Southern Wine & Spirits of America has appointed a vice president, national sales director for Wal-Mart Stores and SAM'S CLUB. The distributor said yesterday (9 February) that John Thomas will assume the position with immediate effect.

Thomas will be responsible for leading and coordinating Southern's overall sales, marketing and merchandising efforts with both Wal-Mart Stores, as well as its wholly-owned division, SAM'S CLUB group.

Thomas has been with Southern for the last 15 years, most recently serving as national sales director for Wal-Mart Stores and SAM'S CLUB for Southern. Prior to that, he was state-wide director for Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB at Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida.

"John is key member of both our Florida and national teams and all of us look forward to working closely with him to further deepen our overall sales and marketing efforts on behalf of our supplier partners with Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB," said Southern's executive vice president Brad Vassar.

"With this new challenge I am extremely honoured and I look forward to working closely with our entire Florida and national teams to bring the very highest levels of sales and marketing attention on behalf of Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB and in partnership with all our suppliers," Thomas added.

Southern is the largest wine and spirits distributor in the US, with current operations in 21 states.


Sectors: Spirits, Wine

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