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Enotria recruits Troy Christensen as chief executive as Alison Levett leaves

Published:  24 April, 2014

Ex-Accolade Wines boss Troy Christensen is taking up the role of chief executive at Enotria, following  Alison Levett's departure.

Ex-Accolade Wines boss Troy Christensen is taking up the role of chief executive at Enotria, following Alison Levett's departure.

Christensen is relocating from the US, where he had been based following his stints as president of Constellation Europe and chief executive of Accolade Wines.

Levett is leaving the business after seven years. During her time at Enotria the business has grown revenues from £52 million to £120 million. Prior to heading up Enotria, Levett was managing director at Allied Domecq for two years and managing director at Campbell Soup Company for the six years before that.

Levett said: "There is never a good time to leave a business like Enotria, however it's now appropriate to hand over the leadership baton. Enotria has gone from strength to strength and I'm pleased to have been part of such a successful business, made all the more special by the wonderful team of people".

Christensen left Accolade Wines in November 2012, after having been chief executive since January 2011, when Australian private equity firm CHAMP took over the business from Constellation. Prior to that he was president of Constellation since March 2007. Before that he was chief financial officer at US-based beer and spirits firm Barton Inc. Since October 2013 he has been chief financial officer and chief operating officer of toiletry firm Gilchrist and Soames, based in Chicago.

Earlier this year Levett told that Enotria would "raise its head above the parapet" in 2014. Its recent relaunch of its corporate identity signified the start of these changes, she said in February 2014.

Since 2008, Enotria has been in private equity ownership, first through Isis Equity Partners until 2012, when BlueGem Capital secured £25 million debt finance from Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance for its acquisition in a management-led buyout.