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Monday 11 October 2021

Wine Australia unveils its new boss

Wine Australia conducted a global search for its new CEO - and found him just around the corner.

Dr Martin Cole, who will start on November 15, joins the wine industry umbrella body from the University of Adelaide, where he is the Head of School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

Wine Australia Chair Dr Michele Allan said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr Cole as the new CEO, after what’s been a highly competitive recruitment process, and know that he’ll be a great asset to the Australian grape and wine community and our levy payers.

“Along with his wine sector experience, Dr Cole brings extensive experience across government, academia and industry - including the broader agricultural sectors - and has held senior leadership positions at the CSIRO, overseas and in larger commercial companies.

“His collaborative, multidisciplinary approach and extensive experience in stakeholder engagement will be of great benefit to the sector, as we focus on growth opportunities for growers, producers and exporters post-COVID-19, Brexit and China’s deposit tariffs on bottled Australian wine imports."

Cole replaces Andreas Clark, who spent 15 years with Wine Australia, including eight as CEO.

Cole will step in to the role filled by interim CEO Steven Weinert, who has been in charge since Clark's departure in July.

“I am excited to be joining Wine Australia at this critical time," Cole said.

“Grape and wine is such an important sector for Australia but faces many challenges and opportunities.

“Without doubt, excellent collaboration and world best practice innovation will be critical to driving future growth and profitability for our stakeholders.”

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