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David Cox appointed chief executive of The Benevolent

Published:  27 March, 2013

The drinks trade charity The Benevolent has announced the appointment of David Cox as its new chief executive.

The drinks trade charity The Benevolent has announced the appointment of David Cox as its new chief executive.

Cox has worked in the drinks industry for more than 25 years, most recently as European director for New Zealand Winegrowers, and prior to that as managing director of Brown-Forman's European wine division.

Current chief executive Paul Newman is leaving The Benevolent to head up residential and nursing care provider Greensleeves Homes Trust.

Chris Porter, chairman of The Benevolent, said: "I am delighted that David is joining The Benevolent. He is a well known and respected figure within the trade, and is ideally placed to provide first-hand knowledge of what the UK drinks industry needs from its trade charity. Under Paul Newman's innovative and superb leadership we have made great headway updating The Benevolent's operations and raising its profile within the drinks industry and I believe David is ideally placed to carry on this vital work."

He continued: "David's unparalleled connections within the trade, combined with business acumen and bold leadership style make him ideally placed to engage all branches of the trade and to keep The Benevolent right at the heart of the drinks industry."

Commenting on his appointment, Cox said: "I have long felt that despite our drinks trade becoming increasingly dynamic and competitive, the word 'community' always seems to prevail. Those who work in the trade are mostly privileged to work with great people and great brands and they enjoy a very vibrant community.

"I am looking forward to helping The Benevolent to provide valuable support to those in our trade who are not so lucky, at all stages in their career, and when they find themselves in a time of need. I believe that the culture and ethos of the drinks industry attracts like-minded caring people and it is my intention to grow the awareness of, and connection with, the work of The Benevolent."

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