New Zealand’s leading wine exporter, Constellation Brands New Zealand has appointed Simon Towns as President and marketing director. Current President Sam Glaetzer has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Winemaking and Production in the US, where he will oversee wine and spirits production, vineyard operations, spirits operations and winemaking.

Towns has returned to New Zealand after serving as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development for Constellation in the US, and leading growth strategies for several food and beverage brands internationally.

Glaetzer said both of their promotions and swapping the US and New Zealand roles strengthen ties between the New Zealand business and parent company, Constellation Brands Inc.

Towns will be based in Huapai over the coming weeks, overlapping his time with Glaetzer as they both transition to their newly appointed promotions.