French spirits group Rémy Cointreau has announced the appointment of Eric Vallat as the group’s new chief executive officer (CEO).

Vallat will succeed Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet and will take charge as CEO from December.

Rémy Cointreaus chairman Marc Hériard-Dubreuil said: “Eric Vallat has a very good knowledge of the group, having successfully run the House of Rémy Martin for more than four years.

“Over the course of his career, he has also built up an in-depth knowledge of the luxury goods sector and French craftsmanship.

“We are delighted that he is rejoining the group and convinced that his expertise and charisma will enable him to pursue, develop and spearhead the value strategy that will lead Rémy Cointreau on to further successes and help the Group achieve its ambition of becoming the leader in exceptional spirits.”

Vallat also served as CEO of the House of Rémy Martin, president of Mount Gay Rum and a member of the company’s executive committee.

Rémy Cointreau Group announced the departure of Valerie Chapoulaud-Floquet in July.

The company has noted that Valerie will step down by the end of this year due to personal reasons.

Valerie became CEO of the Rémy Cointreau Group in 2014. He has since been continuing to implement the group’s strategy as defined by the board of directors.

The company formed following the merger of holding companies owned by the Hériard Dubreuil and Cointreau families in 1990.