By Amy Looker
Several new appointments have been named across the liquor industry over the last month, with some familiar faces popping up in new roles.
Kate Kriven has been appointed to the position of senior brand manager for Australian Vintage’s Tempus Two and Nepenthe labels.
Kriven comes to Australian Vintage from public relations agency, Liquid Ideas, where she worked across a number of wine brands, including the Pernod Ricard Australia portfolio.
Over at Nielsen, Liz Watkinson has been named at Michael Walton’s replacement as Director – Liquor Services, Pacific, following the announcement that Walton has been appointed Executive Director for Nielsen Consumer and Business Intelligence, Pacific.
Watkinson joined Nielsen 14 years ago in the UK which led to a four-year stint in Sydney, during which time she came to lead Nielsen’s Sydney liquor business.
She then returned to the UK, working across liquor brands for Nielsen before returning to Sydney in 2008 to manage key relationships for the research house, including the Liquor Merchants Association of Australia.
Oyster Bay Wines Australia has recently appointed Adrian Sibenius-Trip to the newly created position of Key Accounts Manager – Retail.
Sibenius-Trip will assist the key accounts team to drive growth with both major chains and national independents customers domestically.
He has been with Oyster Bay Wines Australia for nearly four years and was responsible for growing and developing the North Sydney territory.
In the spirits world, Tasmanian vodka 666 has announced they have taken on a new brand ambassador, in the form of well-known bartender and former owner of Melbourne’s 1806 bar, Sebastian Reaburn.
In 2008, 1806 bar was awarded Best Cocktail List in the World at the annual Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Since then, Reaburn has flown over twice to deliver seminars.
He has also worked closely with 42 Below vodka, including judging the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in 2008.