Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. has upped Ralph Alexander to exec VP of distribution, with expanded duties for Europe.The two-decade veteran of Columbia TriStar will continue to report to Mark Zucker, prexy of distribution at SPRI. “Ralph is an essential part of Mark’s international distribution team,” said Paul Smith, prexy of worldwide operations for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Alexander joined Col TriStar in 1987 as managing director of the U.K. territory. The following year he was promoted to VP distribution for Columbia TriStar Intl. Film Distributors, then headquartered in New York. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1992.