Management Moves: Sacy, Griffith, Colegrove, Melchert

Jonathan Sacy, Louis de Sacy

Jonathan Sacy has been appointed brand manager, North America, for the award-winning, family-owned artisanal Champagne company Louis de Sacy.

A thirteenth generation winemaker, Jonathan Sacy recently relocated from the family vineyard in Verzy, Champagne, to New York City for his new position. From his new base he will oversee the brand’s expansion throughout North America, in new and existing markets such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas, California, Minnesota and Nevada.

Sacywill manage North American distribution and promotion of the four existing Louis de Sacy Grand Cru Champagnes currently available in the United States: Louis de Sacy Grand Cru, Grand Cru Rosé, Cuvée Nue Grand Cru, and Grand Soir Millésimé 2003 Grand Cru.

In 2012, he will introduce a fifth Louis de Sacy bottle to the U.S. market: the oak-aged 2006 vintage Louis de Sacy Grand Soir.

“I am excited to share our family’s Champagne here in the United States,” comments Sacy. “Excellent, high-quality Champagne can be affordable, and it can be a part of every meal—not just for special occasions. That is our family’s ethos.”

Louis de Sacy is a family-owned Champagne vineyard that has farmed grand crus since 1633. The house now produces 270,000 bottles of hand-cultivated Champagne per year.

Michael Griffith, Dave & Buster’s

Dave & Buster's, Inc. today announced that Michael Griffith has been appointed to serve as a member of the company's board of directors, effective November 1.

Griffith is vice chairman of Activision Blizzard, Inc., a leading electronic entertainment developer and publisher with preeminent positions across console, PC and online gaming segments. From 2005 to 2010, he was president and CEO of Activision Publishing culminating in the combination of Activision and Blizzard Entertainment. Prior to that, Griffith spent 24 years at Procter & Gamble where he held several executive roles. Prior to his departure, he was named president, global beverages, a role he held from 2001 to 2005.

Griffith's appointment will bring the total number of directors at Dave & Buster’s to nine and follows the recent additions of Jonathan Halkyard, CFO of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and Kevin Sheehan, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines.

"We are delighted to welcome Mike to the Dave & Buster's board. He brings 30 years of experience [in] marketing and growing leading consumer brands in domestic and international markets," says Tyler Wolfram, chairman of Dave & Buster's. "His expertise in both the interactive consumer gaming and branded consumer products industries will be very valuable as we continue to enhance the customer experience and grow the business."

"Mike is a world-class executive and his addition to our board, as well as the recent additions of Mr. Halkyard and Mr. Sheehan, is a strong endorsement of the strength of the Dave & Buster's brand," says Steve King, CEO of Dave & Buster's. "We welcome Mike's significant industry and business experience as we continue to open new stores and bring our unique interactive entertainment and dining experience to new markets across the United States and Canada.”


Daniel Colegrove, DineEquity

DineEquity, Inc., parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, today announced the appointment of Daniel Colegrove to the new position of vice president, government affairs. He joins the company effective immediately and is based in Washington, D.C.

Colegrove will lead strategic policy and issue efforts for DineEquity and its franchisees on Capitol Hill and in key statehouses and municipalities across the country. Colegrove will report to Tod J. MacKenzie, DineEquity's senior vice president, communications and public affairs.

"Dan is a versatile strategist with a proven ability to influence policies and issues at the federal, state and local levels," says Julia Stewart, DineEquity's chairman and CEO. "His expertise will be invaluable in advancing the positions and interests of both our company and our franchisees among our elected officials, regulators and industry partners."

Colegrove joins DineEquity with more than 25 years in a variety of government and public policy roles. He spent the last 14 years at Philip Morris, Altria Group and, most recently, Kraft Foods where he oversaw state government affairs for the entire country for the $50 billion company. Prior experience also includes the Grocery Manufacturers of America trade association, and serving as a chief legislative aide in the California Assembly. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where he earned a B.A.

Christopher Melchert, National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association has announced the addition of Christopher Melchert as senior manager for food safety and quality assurance, a new position within the government affairs and policy team.

This illustrates the importance of these critical issues to the association, as well as the association’s strength in policy and regulatory affairs.

Melchert brings more than 27 years of food safety and protection experience to this role, where he will help develop, manage and implement the association’s agenda on food safety and quality assurance issues.

“Christopher’s expertise will be a tremendous asset to the government affairs team and to the entire National Restaurant Association membership,” says Scott DeFife, executive vice president of policy and government affairs for the National Restaurant Association. “His experience communicating with federal agencies and will add greatly to our efforts on regulatory matters.”

“The restaurant industry is committed to food safety, and Christopher’s skills will help guide the industry as we continue to build on our high standards,” says Joan McGlockton, vice president of industry affairs and food policy for the National Restaurant Association.

Prior to joining the National Restaurant Association, Melchert served as a compliance officer for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He served as director of regulatory and technical affairs for the Snack Food Association and was an environmental health specialist for the Fairfax County Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health. He began his career in food safety at the Kern County Health Department.

Melchert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry and a concentration in microbiology from California Polytechnic State University. He is a registered environmental health specialist and a certified food safety professional with the National Environmental Health Association.


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