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STOP PRESS - Philip Bowman, former Allied Domecq chief, joins Berrys

Published:  23 July, 2008

Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced the appointment of Philip Bowman - the former head of Allied-Domecq - to its main board as a new non-executive director.

Bowman was previously CEO of Allied Domecq for seven years and is currently CEO of Scottish Power. He has just been ranked 21 in the Times '100 most influential people in the FTSE 350' this year. A second new non-executive director, Edward Rudd - a ten-year veteran of the family wine business - joins him on the main board.

Berrys is a family owned business that has achieved growth of just under 100m in just over 10 years, with sales of 205.8m in 2006 compared to 108.8m in 1995.

Simon Berry, Berry Bros. & Rudd chairman says: 'The presence of Philip and Edward on the Board will help secure the future of Berrys as a family business focusing on the finest quality wines and spirits. Philip's drinks industry experience at Allied Domecq, Scottish & Newcastle and Bass will strengthen our commercial expertise.'

Bowman is quoted as saying: 'Having a real passion for the wine and spirits industry, I am delighted to be associated with a successful family business established over 300 years ago. Berrys has adapted to many changes and challenges over this period - most recently by launching an excellent and intuitive web site which allows customers to research and order a wonderful selection of wines from around the world. I look forward very much to contributing to the future evolution of this business.

Founded over 300 years ago and based in its original premises in St James's Street, London, Berrys has supplied wine to the British royal family since the reign of George III and Lord Byron. It has 4,000 wines and an international customer base through its award-winning Internet site -