NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Spirits, a privately held international manufacturer and marketer of wines and spirits, seeks to expand its global presence by establishing an Americas Business Unit which will be based out of the company's New York office. A Fortune 500 Company in Europe, Global Spirits was established in 2008 and has operational hubs in New York, Moscow and Kiev. The company's annual volume exceeds 12 million cases, with distribution in over 80 countries.
"The creation of this business unit reflects the company's ongoing efforts toward International expansion," noted Global Spirits USA's newly appointed CEO Maxim Dubossarsky. "Our goal is to establish a network of business partners who share the same values and passion for building brands in an open and transparent environment."
To lead this initiative, Global Spirits has appointed Julius Criscione to the position of managing director – Americas: "I'm excited about the opportunity to develop these great brands in the Americas," Criscione said. "The company's entrepreneurial culture, their financial resources and commitment to international expansion provide a strong foundation for brand development and sustainable growth."
In this newly created position, Criscione will report to Dubossarsky. He will be responsible for the development of the Global Spirits portfolio for the Americas Domestic (excluding US) and Duty Free markets as well as the international brand development for LEAF Vodka.
Criscione joined Global Spirits in 2012 as the national sales and marketing director at Global Spirits USA and was responsible for the operational development, commercialization, and market launch for LEAF Vodka in the US.
An accomplished industry veteran, Criscione has over 25 years of cross-functional leadership experience in the international wine and spirits industry and brings a keen perspective to the company's route-to-consumer business model. Prior to joining Global Spirits, he held a number of leadership positions at Pernod Ricard USA including vice president of inventory management, vice president of business support at Malibu-Kahlua International, VP international division, and VP Seagram's Malt-Based beverages division.
About Global Spirits:
A Fortune 500 Company in Europe, Global Spirits was established in 2008 and has operational hubs in New York, Moscow and Kiev. The company has over 5,000 employees, with annual volume exceeding 12 million cases in over 80 countries. Key strategic brands include: Khortytsa Vodka (4th largest selling vodka brand at 6.4 million cases*), Morosha Vodka (fastest growing international vodka brand at 3.3 million cases*), Pervak Vodka (acquired in 2013) and LEAF Vodka (launched in the US October 2013).
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