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News Briefs for February 8, 2021

February 8, 2021

•John Randall Rudd, a seven-decade veteran of the spirits industry, passed away at 94 years of age on January 10. During his time at famed U.K. wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd, he helped lay the groundwork for the modern Scotch whisky market and built Cutty Sark into the category’s first million-case brand in the U.S. market. Rudd joined Berry Bros. & Rudd after World War II and rose to become its chairman in 1985. He led the company until 2000, when he transitioned to a non-executive role, which he held until his 2016 retirement. He’s survived by his daughter and current Berry Bros. & Rudd chairwoman, Lizzy Rudd, as well as board members Richard and Edward Rudd. Berry Bros. & Rudd is part-owner of San Francisco-based importer and distiller Hotaling & Co.

•Seattle, Washington’s Precept Wine has named Beth Orr as senior vice president of DTC and customer experience. Orr comes to the role with decades of marketing and management experience, having worked for Saks Fifth Ave, Barneys New York, and Nordstrom in various marketing, communications, and brand roles. As senior vice president of DTC and customer experience, Orr will work to modernize the company’s DTC approach and center the consumer in the wine buying experience while driving growth for Precept’s family of Pacific Northwest- and New Mexico-based brands.

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