March 17, 2014 – Executive search firm The Cypress Group has placed Diego Lo Prete as general manager, executive vice president of The San Francisco Wine Exchange (SFWE). Mr. Lo Prete’s most recent post was head of global marketing and communications at Barcelona-based Grupo Codorniu. The San Francisco Wine Exchange was founded in 1975 by Hugh Thacher and it is the oldest independent national wine marketing agency in the U.S. Established in 1989, The Cypress Group is a retained wine business executive search firm focused exclusively on key wine industry placements.