Australian Grape and Wine Authority announces Andreas Clark as Acting Chief Executive Officer

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), which commenced operations on 1 July 2014, has announced the appointment of Andreas Clark as Acting Chief Executive Officer to lead the new body through its early stages.

Andreas was Wine Australia’s Acting Chief Executive Officer from September 2013 and has previously held a number of senior management roles with Wine Australia since 2006.

Acting Chairman Brian Walsh commented, “Andreas is an experienced senior executive who is ideally placed to lead the Australian Grape and Wine Authority following the merger of Wine Australia and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation.

This acting appointment is initially for three months to allow for the early establishment of the new authority and to ensure that existing services to the wine sector and our partners can proceed with maximum efficiency.”

[Ends]

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

Background

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) is the new industry services body for the wine sector and has assumed the functions of Wine Australia Corporation and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (both of which ceased operations on 30 June 2014).

With its head office located in the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, AGWA will centralise marketing, export regulation and research and development (R&D) support for Australia’s wine industry which recorded $4.2 billion in domestic and export sales on an FOB basis in 2012/13.