Southern Wine & Spirits Appoints Stuart Gray as Head of Pacific Wine & Spirits of California
12/07/2011 - MIAMI - Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor with 11,000 team members across 35 markets, promotes Stuart Gray to Vice President-General Manager of the company’s Pacific Wine & Spirits (PWS) selling division in California. The PWS Division in California represents the Diageo and Moët Hennessy portfolios across the entire state.
“With 20 years of distinguished performance in the beverage industry, I have every confidence in Stuart’s ability to identify key market opportunities and achieve Southern, Diageo and Moët Hennessy’s goals and objectives in California,” said Gerry Rivero, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits’ corporate leadership team. “Stuart has proven himself to be an individual that understands strategic supplier and customer needs and how best to fulfill them,” Rivero added.
Gray joined Southern's PWS division in Southern California in 2010, first as Vice President-sales manager and then as Vice President-Trade Development.
Before joining SWS, Gray was with Gallo, starting in 1992 in Marketing and working up to General Sales Manager, Director of Business Development and to National Director of Trade Development.
Jack Brennan, SWS of California’s Executive Vice President-General Manager, commented, “Stuart’s industry knowledge, management skills and work ethic are proof that he is the right professional for this role. On behalf of our senior management team, I am proud to welcome him into this important, statewide leadership role.”
On January 2, 2012, when Gray's new role becomes effective, he will be reporting to Gerry Rivero.
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