Champagne Billecart-Salmon appoints new chief executive
Champagne Billecart-Salmon has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.
Mathieu Roland-Billecart, a member of the seventh generation of the family, will take up the role in January 2019, taking over from his cousin Francois Roland-Billecart, who has headed the company since 1992.
Mathieu Roland-Billecart has spent 15 years at a leading financial institute in London and he held a position on the supervisory board of the Champagne producing company for more than five years before joining the board of directors.
He said: “Champagne Billecart-Salmon’s strength rests on its solid family anchoring that allows us the luxury of taking out time to achieve excellence. My role will be to continue along the path that my predecessors have defined, bringing to it my own contribution. My objective is to continue to develop and improve our wines, because those are what bring about our growth, and most importantly, the loyalty of our most discerning clients. I am extremely proud to carry on the work of Francois, who has done a fantastic job over the last 30 years to make Billecart-Salmon one of the best Champagne brands in the world.”
Meanwhile the producer has been celebrating its bicentenary this year, at home and around the world. Celebrations included a new cellar, an “exceptional harvest season”, and recognition by the business community. Champagne Billecart-Salmon was recently named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the North of France region in the Family Business category, recognising the company’s 200-year journey and successful family management over generations. The awards are run across seven regions.
The anniversary year also marks the release of the next vintage of Champagne Billecart-Salmon’s Cuvee Elisabeth. The 2007 vintage of this Brut Rose – created as a tribute to one of the House’s founders - will release in France this year and will arrive in the UK in early 2019.