Top people moves in drinks: January

Change at Symington Family Estates

Rupert Symington has been appointed CEO of Symington Family Estates

Rupert Symington has been appointed CEO of Symington Family Estates and Johnny Symington has been named chairman following the retirement of their cousin, Paul Symington, at the end of last year.

Rupert took up the role of chief executive of his family’s Porto-based wine group on 1 January, putting him in charge of family treasures including historic Port houses Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s and Warre’s.

At the same time, his cousin, Johnny Symington, was named chairman of the company, having previously been joint managing director with Paul Symington.

Rupert joined Symington Family Estates in 1992 and has been joint managing director of the company since 2004. Prior to joining his family’s wine company, Rupert worked as an investment analyst at a brokerage firm in London. He holds a Masters degree from Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

He will also continue to oversee the family’s interests in its Douro and Alentejo table wines and manage Prats & Symington, the partnership with Bordeaux-based Bruno Prats that produces revered Douro red, Chryseia. In his new role of CEO he will retain responsibility for sales in the US, a key market for Symington Family Estates.

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