Andreas Clark appointed Australian Grape and Wine Authority CEO

Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) Chair, Brian Walsh, today announced that Acting CEO Andreas Clark has been permanently appointed to the role, effective immediately.

Mr Walsh said, “We’re pleased Andreas has agreed to continue in this key leadership role. Andreas’ professional background, deep knowledge and experience in the organisation and the sector make him well qualified to lead AGWA and its activities. Andreas has done an excellent job since the commencement of AGWA on 1 July 2014 ensuring seamless delivery of services to the sector, recruiting senior leaders in the Market Development team and driving the current consultations for the 2015–2020 Strategic Plan.

“Andreas was selected following a comprehensive recruitment process and I congratulate him on this appointment.”

Mr Clark said, “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to lead AGWA as we support the Australian grape and wine community achieve sustained prosperity. I look forward to continuing to deliver outstanding service and results for the benefit of our levy payers.”

Mr Clark joined Wine Australia (one of AGWA’s predecessor bodies) in 2006 and held a number of senior management positions, including the role of Chief Executive Officer from September 2013 to July 2014. He has been AGWA’s Acting CEO since July 2014. Prior to joining Wine Australia, Andreas was a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a commercial lawyer.

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For further information please contact:

Abbey Flanagan—Australian Grape and Wine Authority

Communications Coordinator

Phone: 08 8228 2000

Mobile: 0401 082 124

Email: abbey.flanagan@agwa.net.au

About the Australian Grape and Wine Authority

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), growing domestic and international markets and protecting the reputation of Australian wine.

AGWA is funded by grape growers and winemakers through levies and user-pays charges and the Australian Government, which provides matching funding for RD&E investments.

AGWA is a Commonwealth statutory authority established under the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013 that commenced on 1 July 2014.

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