Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine has named Richard Hayes managing director of its culinary alcohol subsidiary Thomas Lowndes. He takes up the appointment in January. The company supplies retailers with branded desserts such as Tia Maria Wicked Chocolate Truffle Dessert and Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry trifle. Hayes' appointment links with Allied's recent decision to recruit a global licensing agency to raise the profile of its alcoholic products. Allied Domecq UK md Chris Heath said: "Hayes has a proven track record of identifying strategic opportunities and making them happen." Hayes is currently ADUK's acting marketing director pending the appointment of Cathryn Sleight from Britvic. He joined ADUK in 1996, holding posts such as international brand director for Tia Maria and Teacher's Scotch Whisky. He previously held sales and marketing positions at companies such as Kraft Jacobs Suchard and Courage Breweries. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}