William Grant & Sons has appointed Alex Short to its supervisory board.

The announcement, confirmed late last week, will have immediate effect.

Short joined the company in the role of financial controller in 1996 and was appointed group finance director in July 2003.  Short will retain his responsibilities as group finance director and executive committee member.

"He (Short) has provided significant support to the board in recent years and his business experience and commercial acumen will help the board deliver against the company's objectives," said Roland van Bommel, Grant's CEO.

"This appointment also reflects the company's commitment to broadening the breadth and depth of experience represented on the board."