Former Constellation president takes helm at Enotria24th April, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt
Former Constellation president Troy Christensen is to become CEO of Enotria, replacing current chief executive Alison Levett, who is to leave the business.
Following seven years with Enotria, Levett said she was “handing over the leadership baton”. During her career at Enotria, Levett has overseen the transformation of the UK wine importer and distributor, growing annual revenue from £52 million when she joined to over £120 million last year.
She also secured a deal in June 2012 with BlueGem Capital Partners, which saw the private equity firm become Enotria’s majority shareholder, bringing “significant investment” across the wine trade supplier’s warehousing, systems and people.
Meanwhile, Christensen, who was previously president of Constellation Europe and then CEO of Accolade Wines, will be taking up the post of CEO at Enotria following his relocation from the USA.
Christensen left UK headquartered Accolade Wines 30 November 2012 and moved back to the US, his home country. He had been Accolade chief executive since Champ private equity took over the wine business from Constellation Brands in January 2011.
At the time of his departure, John Haddock, managing director at Champ said: “Troy has performed a very valuable role in the first phase of Champ III Fund’s ownership and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
“Troy’s departure does not signal any fundamental change in strategy.”