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Having been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board at the General Meeting of Shareholders on 5 April, Christophe Navarre takes over from Xavier de Eizaguirre, who has completed his term of office.
Christophe Navarre also becomes President of the Supervisory Board of Vinexpo Overseas, the group subsidiary that manages Vinexpo’s international operations.
Christophe Navarre’s arrival represents a key milestone in the company’s development in France and internationally. With his experience at the helm of Moët Hennessy since 2001 and his in-depth knowledge of the major global wine and spirits markets, Christophe Navarre brings a fresh impetus to Vinexpo as it faces the challenges ahead.
“For more than thirty years the Vinexpo brand has successfully promoted the wine and spirits sector in general – and French exports in particular. I’m delighted to contribute to its development, working alongside the Management Board,” stated Christophe Navarre.
Patrick Seguin, President of the Management Board, and Guillaume Deglise, Chief Executive Officer of Vinexpo, added: “Appointing a professional of Christophe Navarre’s calibre as President of the Supervisory Board reflects Vinexpo’s ambitions to take its skills and expertise to ever higher levels.”
Two other leading figures from the wine and spirits sector are also joining Vinexpo’s Supervisory Board: Philippe Castéja, President of Borie-Manoux and of the Conseil des Crus Classés 1855, and Philippe Guigal from Rhône producer E. Guigal.
About Christophe Navarre
Christophe Navarre is 58 years old and was born in Belgium. He gained a degree in Business Administration from Liège University and then joined Continental Bank in 1980, subsequently moving to Exxon where he fulfilled various marketing and sales roles for the Esso Group.
In 1989 he joined Interbrew where he successfully managed a number of subsidiaries, developing a strategy based on promoting premium brands and launching highly innovative products.
Christophe Navarre joined LVMH Group in 1997, taking charge of the prestigious cognac producer JAS Hennessy & Co. In May 2001 he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Moët-Hennessy, the Wines and Spirits division of LVMH which owns the prestigious champagne brands Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Mercier, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Krug, whisky brands Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, vodka brand Belvedere and several wines from the New World.
Among his other official commitments, Christophe Navarre is also a board member of the Comité Colbert and a member of the Heineken Advisory Board. His term of office as President of the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins et Spiritueux (FEVS) expires on 12 April 2017.
Founded by the Bordeaux Gironde Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1981, Vinexpo is the world’s leading show for wine and spirits professionals and a partner for the wine and spirits industry worldwide. Vinexpo is held in Bordeaux in odd-numbered years. Since 1998, Vinexpo Hong Kong (formerly known as Vinexpo Asia-Pacific) has taken place in even-numbered years, and in 2014, Vinexpo expanded to the Japanese market with the debut of a third biannual fair Vinexpo Tokyo. The two have become key exhibitions of the industry in Asia. In January 2017 Vinexpo launched a new concept, Vinexpo Explorer, two days of business meetings and discovering vineyards. Vinexpo New York, which takes place for the first time on 5 and 6 March 2018, will open doors to the US market for international exhibitors.
More information on Vinexpo.com