Claire Warner (née Smith) began her corporate career in 2003, joining the LVMH owned brand, Belvedere Vodka and was appointed Head of Spirit Creation and Mixology in 2009. In this role, Claire led the development of all new Belvedere expressions, as well as creating the global educational programmes for Belvedere. Belvedere was awarded ‘Vodka Producer of the Year’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the International Spirit Challenge. In 2015 Claire was awarded both Best International Brand Ambassador at Tales of the Cocktail, the ‘Oscar’s’ of the drinks industry, and Wine Spectator Ambassador of the year.
A tireless advocate for better health and wellness within the hospitality industry, Claire joined the alcohol-free world of Seedlip in January 2018. In December 2018 Seedlip announced the launch of a sister brand, Æcorn Aperitifs, a world’s first range of non-alcoholic aperitifs with Claire at the helm. Launching in early 2019, Æcorn Aperitifs is informed by 17th century English herbal remedies and inspired by the European Aperitif tradition and will extend ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’ from the bar to the table.