Vitalie Taittinger to take over as president
Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is stepping down from the role of president of Taittinger Champagne and he has announced he is entrusting the future of the family business to his daughter.
Vitalie Taittinger will become president from December 31, 2019. She has been working for the company for 12 years and is currently director of marketing and communications. She will now undertake her new responsibilities with the support of Damien le Sueur (general manager) and her brother Clovis Taittinger, who will be promoted to general manager. Le Sueur will ensure coordination between vineyards, supplies, production, business and finance departments while Clovis Taittinger will be in charge of the sales and marketing departments.
Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger said: “I have dedicated more than 45 years of my life to Champagne and the House that bears our name and our history. These last thirteen years have undoubtedly been the most effervescent, the most exhilarating of my career at Taittinger. In every possible way, I have been instrumental in ensuring the quality of our wines, whose consistency is a source of great joy to me. The results are beyond all expectations.
“I can hand over the reins, secure in a sense of accomplishment: a passionate team in whom I have complete confidence, very fine wines, a large and growing number of fans of our brand in more than 140 countries around the world. Taittinger holds a genuine potential for development and now more than ever reflects the authenticity and excellence of our culture and heritage.
Vitalie Taittinger said: “My father, through his passion and boundless commitment over the last thirteen years, has built up a solid organisation.
“Thanks to him and to the work of all concerned, Taittinger has grown considerably with an ever-increasing attention to the quality of our wines, the preservation of our environment, the respect of our partners and our customers. Alongside this there is always this touch of impertinence and audacity, just like the one that led us to go and plant vines at Domaine Evremond in Kent!
“With the support of Damien le Sueur, my brother Clovis and all our teams, we will carry on down this path. I am honoured by the trust placed in me and my wish is to see our House shine every day, for our employees, customers and partners.”
Today Taittinger Champagne is an independent company with 288 hectares of vineyards all certified Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne and HVE (High Environmental Value). In 2018 the company shipped 6.5 million bottles to 149 countries.