Paul Beavis is to step down from his role as Champagne Lanson’s managing director for UK & North America in December this year.

During his 20 years at the company Beavis oversaw the extension of Lanson’s exclusive partnership with the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and formed exclusive partnerships such as with the O2 Arena, and other sporting associations. He is also credited with maintaining the brand’s Royal Warrant.

Beavis said he was “immensely proud” of the partnerships and relationships he had formed over the 20-year period and that he would be leaving them in the “capable hands” of his successor.

He said: “I take pride in the knowledge that for a small family-run Champagne House, the UK remains the brand’s largest export market and we have built and retained our status and position as the second largest Champagne group worldwide (with eight brands including Lanson).”

Champagne Lanson has not yet announced his successor but the company’s president, Francois Van Aal, said Beavis had been “instrumental in reinvigorating the brand and our key partners and sponsorships in the UK”.

He said: “He is leaving the company in a commanding position for which we are truly grateful. Paul will be leaving at the end of December to explore new opportunities.”

Beavis was responsible for growing new markets across Europe and Asia and defining the company’s growth strategy.