Top people moves in drinks: November

Stuart Fritz promoted to commercial director at Mangrove UK

Fritz has been with the company for almost nine years before being promoted to the newly created position of commercial director in the middle of November.

He previously held the position of head of marketing. His new role will comprise of analysing the UK market and spirit trends, expanding the brand creation strategy and developing new partnerships and bringing new brands to the spirits importer and distributor.

Commenting on the appointment, managing director Nick Gillett said: “We are a growing business and to continue to grow you need to empower your people to develop ideas and react to the market quickly as well as create long-term strategies and efficiencies.

“This new role will allow Stuart the time and autonomy to take action and drive our business ambitions and goals forward.  He is passionate about the drinks industry and he is creative and practical, I am confident he’ll provide the direction we need to continue to grow.”

Fitz said: “With a background in both marketing and sales, I believe the creation of this role, is an insightful development to align the two departments to both support business growth and maximise future opportunities.  I’m looking forward to getting started and I have a lot of exciting plans already.

“In the past I’ve been quite hands-on with the trade and that’s given me great insights into future trends and developments and now I’ll have the time and resources to fully explore these opportunities.”

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