SWA's Hewitt picked for top European post

Gavin Hewitt
The European Spirits Organization (CEPS) has picked a seasoned diplomat as its new president.

Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), has been elected president of the organization that represents the spirits industry at the European level. Its membership consists of 30 national associations representing the industry in 26 countries, as well as a group of leading spirits-producing comapnies.

Hewitt, who was elected to a two-year term, is a former British ambassador to Croatia, to Finland and to Belgium.

"I'm delighted to take on this role which will help ensure the European spirits industry, including the Scotch Whisky Association, is well represented in Europe," Hewitt said. "As an industry, we work with the European Union across a whole range of areas, from encouraging trade to showing our commitment to social responsibility. The role ... complements my fulltime position as chief executive of the SWA."

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