Independent spirits company William Grant & Sons has appointed Simon Hunt as managing director of William Grant & Sons North America and Mexico and president of WGS USA, with effect from 15 October.

Hunt will be responsible for overseeing the company's business in North America and Mexico, reporting to CEO Roland van Bommel. He will also be a member of the company's Executive Committee, alongside other regional directors.

Hunt, a former Royal Marine Commando or "Green Beret", was previously CEO and president of Pernod Ricard subsidiary Malibu-Kahlua International. Before that, he held a number of marketing and brand innovation positions at Allied Domecq and Diageo in both the US and the UK.

"With his wealth of experience in general management, marketing and sales, Simon will drive the company's strategy in the USA, Canada and Mexico and build the value of the brands in this increasingly important region," van Bommel said. "His appointment comes as we focus efforts on the value growth of our portfolio of brands, including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Hendrick's Gin, by strengthening our capabilities within the business."