Sainsbury's adds Icke to wine buying team

23 March, 2007

Sainsbury's has expanded its wine buying team with a new appointment.

Former Constellation account manager Rachael Icke joins the seven-strong team as buyer for North America, Germany, boxes and 25cl wines.

The team has been restructured following Icke's appointment. Julian Dyer takes responsibility for Australia and New Zealand; Abigail Hirshfeld handles France, Spain, South America and fine wine ; Melissa Draycott is in charge of fortified, Champagne and sparkling ; and Michelle Smith looks after Italy, South Africa, UK, organics and Fairtrade .

Online wine and Calais planning, marketing and operations will be shared by Victoria Celaschi and Natasha Marroni, who also looks after in-store wine boxes.

Judith Jerodiaconou completes the team as store communications manager.




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