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News Briefs for December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015

•Diageo North America has appointed Jakob Ripshtein as chief financial officer, replacing Greg Kryder, who will leave the company in January. Ripshtein has been serving as president of Diageo Canada since 2014, after joining the unit in 2008 as vice president, and will add the CFO responsibilities to his current role. Ripshtein will also serve as a member of the North American executive team while continuing to report to Diageo North America president Deirdre Mahlan.

•Heaven Hill Brands is commemorating its 80th anniversary with a limited edition run of its eponymous Bourbon. The specialty run, which entered production on December 12, features barrels filled with Heaven Hill’s original 1935 entry proof of 107, instead of the 125-proof new make whiskey typically used by the company. Additionally, a portion of the 107-proof whiskey will be aged in heavy char barrels, with the remaining liquid maturing in Heaven Hill’s traditional casks. The commemorative Bourbon is set to be bottled and released at a future date.

•Southern Wine & Spirits has announced the retirement of Tom Collins, executive vice president, general manager of SWS-South Carolina, effective February 1. A 40-year veteran of the drinks business, Collins joined SWS’s South Carolina unit in 1993 as vice president, general sales manager, and ascended to his current post in 2007. Upon retirement, he will continue to provide support to SWS as a consultant on legislative matters in South Carolina.

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