New York, NY (PRWEB) May 17, 2006 -–
Castle Brands Inc. (AMEX: ROX), international spirits supplier headquartered in New York, today announced the appointment of John Soden as International Managing Director and Seth B. Weinberg as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
As International Managing Director, Soden will be responsible for the creation and implementation of the Company’s international expansion strategies as well as the Company’s international sales and marketing activities. He will have full international P&L responsibility and will work closely with key corporate officers including the CFO to ensure that the Company’s plans and financial objectives are properly set and achieved.
Soden, most recently with Woodford Bourne, spent 13 years with Cantrell & Cochrane International, one of Ireland’s largest manufacturers and distributors of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. During his tenure at C&C, Soden gained experience in global brand marketing with particular focus in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and Duty Free. He also spent several years building C&C’s brands in the US.
A native of Ireland, Soden received his Bachelor of Science degree at Trinity College Dublin and his MBA at University of California at Los Angeles. Soden is based in Castle Brands’ Dublin office.
In a newly created position, Seth Weinberg will be responsible for securities, finance and corporate governance issues and SEC reporting; mergers and acquisitions transactions; and international regulatory requirements and contracts including supply, distribution and marketing agreements.
Weinberg spent the last four years at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in that firm’s corporate department where he was involved with a wide variety of transactions and corporate governance issues. Prior to that, he was with Dewey Ballantine LLP. Weinberg attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.A., and the Columbia University School of Law where he received his J.D. Weinberg is based in the New York headquarters.
Soden and Weinberg will report to both Keith Bellinger, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Mark Andrews, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Speaking about the appointments, Mark Andrews said: “In order to successfully grow our brands, the international marketplace is critical. John brings a wealth of global experience to the table and we are very excited to have him join us. We are also at a point in our company’s development where it became clear we needed an in-house counsel. Seth has the experience and personality to help us achieve our near-term and long-range goals. Both John and Seth are welcome additions to our growing team of professionals.”
About Castle Brands Inc.:
Castle Brands is an emerging developer and global marketer of premium branded spirits within four growing categories of the spirits industry: vodka, rum, Irish whiskey and liqueurs/cordials. Currently, the Castle Brands’ portfolio includes Boru™ Vodka, Gosling’s Rum®, Sea Wynde® Rum, Knappogue Castle® Irish Single Malt Whiskey, Clontarf® Irish Whiskey, Celtic Crossing Liqueur®, Pallini® Limoncello, Raspicello and Peachcello and Brady’s Irish Cream®.
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Castle Brands, Inc.
570 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10022