The owner of Stolichnaya vodka has appointed JOHN ESPOSITO as President of its US operations. This follows SPI’s decision to establish its own importing company in the United States and manage its portfolio of brands directly, starting January 1, 2O14. In his new role, Esposito will be setting up an organization of sales, marketing, finance, and supply chain professionals across the country. Most recently he was the President and CEO of Bacardi North America. Prior to that, he was CEO of Moët Hennessy USA, President of Schieffelin & Somerset and, on the distribution side, President of Premier Beverage in Florida.