Harvey Chaplin, builder of one of the American distribution giants, is recognized for his work

The South Beach Food and Wine Festival was an opportunity for France to decorate one of the magnates of wine, spirits and Champagne, Mr. Harvey Chaplin, who has worked at Southern Wine & Spirits since 1969. Mr.Chaplin, who transformed Southern Wine & Spirits into one of the most powerful companies of wine imports in the U.S, has always paid particular attention to French products. On behalf of France, Christophe Navarre, President and CEO of Moët Hennessy, the Wine and Spirits division of LVMH, was raised to the rank of Commander in the Order of Agricultural Merit.

Christophe Navarre and Harvey Chaplin at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013

Surrounded by his friends and peers, including Mel Dick and Christophe Navarre, and in the presence of the Consul General of France in Miami, Harvey Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southern Wine and Spirits, was honored on Friday, February 22, 2013 in Miami during the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. He has been elevated to the rank of Commander in the Order of Agricultural Merit.

The next day, the annual dinner of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, dedicated to the world of great food and wine, honored Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moët Hennessy, the Wine and Spirits division of the group, a joint consideration with the great Chef Nobu Matushisa.

Harvey Chaplin

From the start of his career in the postal service at Schenley Industries to his current position as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southern Wine & Spirits, one of the largest distributors of wine and spirits in the world, Mr.Chaplin has always maintained a special relationship with his customers and suppliers, notably the French suppliers, whose history, brand quality and identity he appreciates.

For over 40 years, Harvey Chaplin has also paid special attention to the training and qualification of his teams. Southern Wine & Spirits has well over 560 master sommeliers and wine educators and the group is supported by a sales force of nearly 5,500 people highlighting their French products from more than 175,000 clients.

Many U.S. and international organizations have welcomed the broad contributions of Mr.Chaplin, such as the Sky Ranch Foundation or the scholar chair FIU created in his name. Several international charities have also distinguished Mr.Chaplin for his support and volunteer work in social and medical services.

Christophe Navarre

With a degree in Business Administration from Liege University and having completed a European Marketing course at INSEAD in Fountainebleau, France, Christophe Navarre is today the CEO of Moët Hennessy, the prestigious Wine and Spirits division of world famous LVMH.

As such, Christophe Navarre is one of the emblematic figures of the global market of Wines and Spirits, with Moët Hennessy representing a portfolio of 20 brands, including six world renowned and historical gems whose names have been prominent for over two centuries: Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier. With this unique portfolio, Moët Hennessy culminates today in the global market of prestigious wines and spirits.

Christophe Navarre joined the LVMH group in 1997 as President and CEO of JAS Henessy & Co. In May 2001, he was appointed CEO of Moët Hennessy, the Wine and Spirits division of the group.

Christophe Navarre, who is a Knight of the Legion of Honor as well as an Officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, was elevated, in 2008, to the rank of Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit. He also serves as a Board Member of the Comité Colbert and Member of the Heineken Advisory Board.


Article published on February 28th, 2013

Dernière modification : 28/02/2013

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