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Monday 29 July 2019

Surprise as McGuigan quits Australian Vintage role

Neil McGuigan, wine marketer supreme, is to quit his job as Australian Vintage Limited CEO effective immediately after the company's 2019 AGM and will be commencing a new role as the company’s technical advisor.

Craig Garvin has been appointed CEO elect and will take-up the position of CEO when McGuigan formally steps down after the AGM on 20 November 2019.

McGuigan joined the business in 2004 as general manager for wine supply, before being appointed as
CEO, a role he has proudly held for nine years. 

During his tenure, AVG has emerged from being largely a a bulk wine supplier to a globally-respected producer of quality branded wine. 

McGuigan is now the second-largest-selling wine brand in the UK and is home to Australia’s No.1 branded bottled red wine.

McGuigan’s winemaking skills have been recognised globally. 

He has been named International Winemaker of the Year four times at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London as well as White Winemaker of the Year on four occasions at the International Wine Challenge. 

McGuigan said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as CEO, working with our talented team to create fantastic brands that are enjoyed around the globe. Being able to continue contributing to the company in the future, building on what my brother Brian started when he established the business in 1992, is very gratifying.”

Richard Davis, Chairman of AVG, said: “Neil has a great passion for the wine industry and has done a tremendous job as CEO of this company. During his time as CEO he has transformed it into a well-
respected branded wine company with a clear focus on developing world leading quality wine. We thank him for all his efforts in the role of CEO.”

Garvin (below) will join the business in September  before being appointed as CEO in November.

For the last nine years, Garvin was CEO of leading dairy manufacturer, Parmalat, having previously held senior positions at Star City Casino, Campbell Arnott’s and Lion Nathan. 

No specific wine experience, however, which seems to me a little odd. 

Garvin said: “I am looking forward to working with the executive leadership team to keep developing and empowering the talent at AVG. 

@I’m excited to build on Neil’s successful transformation of this company and to support the existing strategies into outcomes that generate long-term profitable growth for the company and our shareholders.”

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