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Paul Skehan, the director general of SpiritsEurope, is stepping down this week to join PepsiCo.

The pan-continent trade association confirmed Skehan's intention earlier today. He will continue to be based in Brussels, where he is set to assume the role of senior director for public policy, government affairs & communications at PepsiCo.

"It has been a very great honour and pleasure to work as director general of SpiritsEurope" said Skehan, who has held the role since late-2011. "It is a wonderful sector to work in, a vibrant, growth-oriented mélange of large and small distillers, operating in markets across the world.

"I am excited by the opportunity of working with such a blue-chip, global company with deep European roots. Over the last five years, PepsiCo has invested more than EUR690m in the EU, employs more than 17,500 people in the EU and operates 38 manufacturing sites and 17 large distribution centres across the EU."

His departure takes effect at the end of this week. Speaking to just-drinks this morning, a spokesperson for SpiritsEurope said the organisation has started the process to recruit a replacement, although no date was disclosed for announcing a new DG.

SpiritsEurope comprises 31 association and eight multinational members. Last year, the organisation called on European Union negotiators to make the UK's pending exit from the bloc a success.

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