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Carson: I still have a job to do'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Though he has declared his intention to step down as
CEO of Constellation Europe within the next six months, Christopher Carson has told Harpers that he will still have a key role to play at the company over the next couple of years.
Carson, who will become non-executive chairman when a new CEO is appointed, said that much of his time will be taken up with helping his successor. The rest of his time, however, will be devoted to stepping forward on some serious issues affecting the trade on behalf of Constellation, as well as talking to government as part of the WSTA'.

Carson was also at pains to dismiss the suggestion that there was anything unusual' about his announcement. In essence we're being very clear about a leadership change in the business,' Carson said. Its about continuity. When things like this happen, the tom-toms start beating, and that causes upset. We wanted to stop speculation, and, like any good company, you have to be into succession planning.'

For his long-term future, Carson was less specific but said he would be very surprised if I'm not involved in the global wine trade in some way'.