This April, the Supervisory Board of Vinexpo SAS, has appointed 58-year-old Christophe Navarre, Chief Executive Officer of MoÃ«t Hennessy, as its new president.Â Two other leading figures from the wine and spirits sector are also joining Vinexpoâ€™s Supervisory Board: Philippe CastÃ©ja, President of Borie-Manoux and of the Conseil des Crus ClassÃ©s 1855, and Philippe Guigal from RhÃ´ne producer E. Guigal.Â Navarre succeeds Xavier de Eizaguirre and also becomes the President of the Supervisory Board of Vinexpo Overseas, the group subsidiary that manages Vinexpoâ€™s international operations. With his years of experience and comprehensive knowledge in the trade, Navarre is bound to bringÂ a fresh impetus to Vinexpo â€“Â the worldâ€™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 MoÃ«t-Hennessy, the wines and spirits division of LVMH that owns exaltedÂ champagne brands like MoÃ«t & Chandon, Dom PÃ©rignon, 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, â€œFor more than thirty years the Vinexpo brand has successfully promoted the wine and spirits sector in general â€“ and French exports in particular. Iâ€™m delighted to contribute to its development, working alongside the Management Board.”
Among his other official commitments, Navarre is a board member of the ComitÃ© Colbert â€“ an association thatÂ promotes luxury, and also aÂ 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. InÂ 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.