Stock Spirits Group has created the new position of marketing director for its division in Czech and Slovakia, Stock Plzen. The firm has also announced a change of CEO.

The spirits company, which operates primarily in Central Europe, said today (2 November) that Tomas Tarcala will fill the marketing role, which has come about following the decision to split the role of marketing and sales director in the region.

Meanwhile, Stock's CEO, Neil Everitt, has returned to the firm's owner, US-based investment group Oaktree Capital Management, to concentrate on locating future investment opportunities. Everitt made the move to Stock from Oaktree in 2007, and will be replaced in the role by Stock's CFO, Chris Heath.

"We are delighted to welcome Tomas to the Stock Spirits team," said Heath. "His appointment comes following strong growth in the region which has called for an increasingly focused marketing approach, especially around consumer communications and product innovation."

Tarcala joins Stock Spirits from global consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser, where he most recently held the position of marketing director for Italy.

He will be based at the unit's office in Czech and will report to unit managing director, Petr Pavlik, who assumed leadership of Stock Plzen back in September. Pavlik replaced Martin Petrasek, who left the position in May.

Stock Spirits was created through the integration of Stock and Polmos Lublin in 2007.