January 7, 2008, New York, NY - Castle Brands Inc. (AMEX: ROX), an emerging international spirits company, today announced the appointment of Charles "Chip" Hartnett as Director of National Accounts. In this newly created position, Mr. Hartnett will be responsible for all regional and national on-premise accounts for Castle Brands' portfolio of premium spirits.
Mr. Hartnett joined Gosling-Castle Partners, a majority-owned subsidiary of Castle Brands, in 2006 as the brand director for the mid-Atlantic states.
Mr. Hartnett has had an early success in his new position, having placed Gosling's Black Seal Rum in Ruth's Chris restaurants, a nationwide chain of upscale steakhouses, where the trademarked "Dark 'n Stormy" is now featured on the cocktail menu.
"We're at a stage in our development where servicing regional and national accounts is a key component of our growth strategy. Chip has all the key qualities to make a great national account director: perseverance, personality and creativity. His move to Castle Brands was a natural extension of the success he achieved with regional accounts for Gosling-Castle Partners, and we look forward to having him serve in this new role," said Kelley Spillane, Executive Vice President, Castle Brands.