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Simon Thorpe goes to Constellation

Published:  23 July, 2008

Simon Thorpe MW has taken the newly created position of vice president, premium wine sales and wine purchasing for Constellation Europe.

Thorpe's future has been in doubt since Constellation's purchase of Western Wines, where he was previously quality control and purchasing director at Western Wines. Prior to Western, he was a wine buyer at Waitrose.

Thorpe will assume overall responsibility for the Cellar Door sales team, which has been without a head since Marina Gayam MW left earlier this year. He will also take responsibility for all of Constellation Europe's wine purchasing requirements. This includes the sourcing of wines from within the Constellation Europe geographical region (UK, Europe, South Africa) for brands such as Stowell's of Chelsea.

Dan Townsend, UK trading director, commented: Simon's appointment will enable us to really maximise our premium portfolio - which now benefits from the addition of Vincor's brands - and his wealth of experience in retail and purchasing will help us to achieve our goal of increasing penetration of these wines across the UK on- and off-trade.'