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Kingsland Drinks CEO Ed Baker steps down | News

Kingsland Drinks has announced that its managing director Ed Baker is resigning.

Baker was to leave the Manchester-based wine and spirits company after more than a decade of service to “take up a new senior role outside the drinks sector”, Kingsland Drinks said in a statement.

Having joined in 2013 as CFO, Baker was promoted to MD in 2019. During his tenure, Baker oversaw “an incredible stream of investment in the company’s infrastructure and capabilities,” Kingsland Drinks said.

Under his leadership, the company “increased its focus on spirits and the production of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beverages, and expanded its capabilities to package wines and spirits in new and emerging formats,” it said in a statement.

The company also re-established its in-house winery and expanded its NPD capabilities with a new laboratory.

In 2021, Kingsland transitioned to an “employee ownership” model, a move Baker helped lead to allow employees to “have a say in how the company is run.”

“Ed has been an integral part of our company since the day he joined,” said Kingsland CEO Andy Sagar. “He will be greatly missed, but he is leaving us with a strong business that has a sustainable investment in people and capabilities that will continue to drive our business forward.”

Baker added: “While I am leaving the beverage industry to begin a new chapter in my career, I am confident that the investment in our team, business model and strategic direction over recent years has created a strong and competitive company.”

Kingsland Drinks has not yet announced who will replace Baker. They will work alongside Andy Henderson, Mark Riley and Simon Shelbourn, who joined the company in recent years as chief operating officer, commercial director and finance director respectively.