Global Spirits Signs Appoints New Team Members in SoCal

Maria Kippes

Global Spirits USA, a privately held, international manufacturer and marketer of wines and spirits, has appointed Maria Kippes and Jay Cawley as brand activation managers for LEAF Organic and Khortytsa Vodkas in Southern California.

Both Kippes and Cawley will be responsible for the Khortytsa and LEAF brand experiences for consumers and trade, including on- and off-premise account activation, building brand awareness and overseeing brand partnerships.

“Our brands have experienced double-digit growth in California in recent months,” notes Western Region Manager Patrick Puryear.  “We now have significant distribution with leading accounts like CVS, BevMo! and many more.  To continue this pace, and to ensure our brands get the attention they deserve, it’s essential that we added to our team.”

Kippes has significant experience in experiential marketing with leading brands such as Absolut, Ciroc, Pinnacle and the Diageo portfolio.  Most recently, she produced programs for LegacyMP in NY and LA. Prior to that she oversaw activationservices for INSPIRA marketing partners. 

Cawley has more than two decades of experience in sales and marketing with Fortune 100 companies.  As a regional sales director at Asahi Beer and Marini Vodka, he created brand building strategies for both on- and off-premise markets.  He also implemented a number of successful promotional and field marketing programs to build consumer brand awareness.

“I have no doubt that with Maria’s and Jay’s expertise in the market, we’ll continue to see accelerated sales growth in the Southern California market,” says Puryear.

About Global Spirits USA

A Fortune 500 Company in Europe, Global Spirits was established in 2008 and has offices in New York, Moscow and Kiev, employing over 5,000 people. The company’s annual volume exceeds 10 million cases, with distribution in over 80 countries.   Global Spirits USA markets and distributes strategic brands including: Khortytsa Vodka (3rd largest selling international vodka brand*), LEAF Organic Vodka, and Odessa V.S.O.P. Brandy.

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Source: Global Spirits USA LLC


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Global Spirits is a leading international manufacturer and marketer of wine and spirits. Established in 2008 and headquartered in Ukraine, Global Spirits now ranks as one of the top 500 companies in Europe, with annual volumes over 12 million cases.

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