Raphaël Delpech has been appointed as the new general manager of the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac
The Standing Committee of the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has appointed Raphaël Delpech as the head of the interprofessional organization responsible for the development, protection and promotion of the Cognac appellation. Raphaël Delpech will begin his duties in Cognac on 7 September. His mission will be to contribute to the definition and implementation of the strategic objectives of the Cognac sector. Raphaël will lead the BNIC, which at the moment has 118 employees. He will also coordinate the Cognac professionals, winegrowers, merchants and distillers.
Raphaël Delpech who attained PhD in public law, has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and communication in the public and private sectors. A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Bordeaux (Kedge), he began his career at the Ministry of Economy and Finance as a legal advisor to the French Embassy in Mexico and then in Morocco.
Afterwards, he joined the central administration of the French government, where he was successively in charge of the Commercial Policy Committee of the Council of the European Union. Later Raphaël became legal adviser for Commercial Policy and Investment. In 2008, Raphaël Delpech held the position of Director of Public Affairs, which put him in charge of international trade regulations within the LVMH Group, then was promoted to the position of the Director of Communication and Public Affairs. Between 2014 and 2019, before becoming a managing director of a consulting agency, he served as the Director of Public Affairs, Communication and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) for French sugar cooperative group Tereos.
Raphaël Delpech will begin his duties at the BNIC on 7 September in Cognac. In addition to managing the teams and supervising the main missions of the BNIC, he will be particularly responsible for continuing the development of the CSR strategy for the Cognac sector and contributing to its ecological transition, strengthening regional, national and international institutional relations within the interprofession and supporting the implementation of a new governance system.
About Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC)
The BNIC, Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, represents, develops and protects the Cognac Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in France and all over the world.In the 150 countries where Cognac is present, AOC guarantees an exceptional eau-de-vie to the consumer. The BNIC is composed of equal numbers of professionals from the wine growing and trade sectors. The BNIC is the place where 4,300 winegrowers, 120 professional distillers and 280 wine merchants of the appellation meet to discuss and make decisions. The association acts in the service of the producers and in the interest of the consumers with a constant concern of responsibility towards all the public of the appellation. The production area of Cognac, delimited by a controlled appellation of origin, covers more than 78,000 hectares of vines spread over the Charente-Maritime, a large part of the Charente and a few communes in the Dordogne and Deux-Sèvres. In terms of value, the Cognac sector is the leading exporter of French wines and spirits, with a turnover estimated at 3.4 billion euros in August 2019.