Stella David, managing director of Bacardi-Martini’s UK and Netherlands regions, will become president of Bacardi’s US region next April. She will succeed Eduardo Sardina, to become one of the most powerful drinks executives in the world. She will also assume Sardina’s overall responsibility for North America when he retires in July 2006, adding Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to her remit. John Beard, vice-president of emerging markets, will replace David in the UK. The Times 06/11/04 page 70