Jim Clerkin Appointed CEO of Moet Hennessy USA

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Moet Hennessy, the Wines and Spirits group of LVMH, announced today the appointment of Jim Clerkin as President and CEO of Moet Hennessy USA, effective December 1st, 2010.

Mr. Clerkin has a wealth of international and U.S. experience accumulated over his 30 years in the alcohol beverage industry.  He joined Moet Hennessy USA in June 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), with responsibility for global brands which include Hennessy cognac, Moet & Chandon Champagne, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Grand Marnier and Belvedere vodka.  Prior to joining Moet Hennessy, he had roles of increasing responsibilities within the Guinness Group, including serving as Managing Director of Gilbeys of Ireland for five years, as President of Diageo North America's Western Division, and as President of Allied Domecq North America from 2003 until 2006.  From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Clerkin was President of Beam Global Spirits & Wines, with responsibility for the US and Mexico.

Mr. Clerkin also represents Moet Hennessy on the board of DISCUS, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. In his new role, he succeeds Mark Cornell, who has been President and CEO of Moet Hennessy USA since 2006. Mr. Cornell's next assignment within the LVMH Group will be communicated very soon.

Mr. Clerkin's career began in Ireland where he rose through the ranks at Guinness in a variety of roles to Executive Sales Director and became a member of the board.

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