Top people moves in drinks: November

Bollinger’s Jérôme Philipon to leave

As reported by the drinks business, Jérôme Philipon, the former president of Champagne brand Bollinger and COO of its holding company, Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB), is to leave the group at the end of this year.

Philipon, who has worked at the business for more than 12 years, took on a more senior position in 2017, which saw him leave Champagne Bollinger’s headquarter’s in Aÿ, near Epernay, to work in the group’s Paris office.

Speaking exclusively to the drinks business last week about the reasons for his departure, he stressed that it was his decision, but also that he was not taking up a new position at another business.

He told db: “I’m leaving after 12 years with the SJB group, and it really is my decision, I have weighed up the pros and cons over the last few months, and discussed it at length with [SJB chairman and Bollinger family member] Étienne Bizot, but I have decided I must move on, and lead a more balanced life.

“I have a farm in France and I have not been able to take care of that in the last few years since I’ve been in Paris, it was easier when I was in Champagne. I spent 10 years with Nestlé, 10 years with Coca Cola, and 12 years at Bollinger.”

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