This April, the Supervisory Board of Vinexpo SAS, has appointed 58-year-old Christophe Navarre, Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy, as its new president. Two other leading figures from the wine and spirits sector are also joining Vinexpo’s Supervisory Board: Philippe Castéja, President of Borie-Manoux and of the Conseil des Crus Classés 1855, and Philippe Guigal from Rhône producer E. Guigal. Navarre succeeds Xavier de Eizaguirre and also becomes the President of the Supervisory Board of Vinexpo Overseas, the group subsidiary that manages Vinexpo’s international operations. With his years of experience and comprehensive knowledge in the trade, Navarre is bound to bring a fresh impetus to Vinexpo – the world’s leading show for wine and spirits professionals, which was founded by the Bordeaux Gironde Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1981.
Christophe Navarre joined LVMH Group in 1997, taking charge of the prestigious cognac producer JAS Hennessy & Co. In May 2001, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Moët-Hennessy, the wines and spirits division of LVMH that owns exalted champagne brands like Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Mercier, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Krug, whisky brands Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, vodka brand Belvedere and other wines from the New World.
Speaking on his appointment, Navarre said, “For more than thirty years the Vinexpo brand has successfully promoted the wine and spirits sector in general – and French exports in particular. I’m delighted to contribute to its development, working alongside the Management Board.”
Among his other official commitments, Navarre is a board member of the Comité Colbert – an association that promotes luxury, and also a member of the Heineken Advisory Board.
Vinexpo is held in Bordeaux in odd-numbered years, while Vinexpo Hong Kong (formerly known as Vinexpo Asia-Pacific) since 1998 has taken place in even-numbered years. In 2014, Vinexpo expanded to the Japanese market with the debut of a third biannual fair Vinexpo Tokyo. The two have become key exhibitions of the industry in Asia. In January 2017 Vinexpo launched a new concept, Vinexpo Explorer, two days of business meetings and discovering vineyards. Vinexpo New York, which takes place for the first time on 5 and 6 March 2018, will open doors to the US market for international exhibitors.