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New chairperson for Wine Australia

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New chairperson for Wine Australia

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has today announced the appointment of Mr George Wahby as the new chairperson of the Wine Australia Corporation.

Mr Wahby will lead Wine Australia as it develops new programs to increase sales of Australian wine and improve profits to the Australian wine industry.

Mr Wahby has extensive experience in the wine industry and brings with him corporate governance, commercial and marketing skills.

“I congratulate Mr Wahby on his new appointment,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Mr Wahby is well qualified to lead Wine Australia as it works with the wine industry to maintain a profitable, competitive wine industry in challenging domestic and international markets.”

A former board member of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Mr Wahby also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of McWilliam’s Wines Group Ltd.

Mr Wahby will start his three year term as chairperson from 1 July 2012.

Minister Ludwig also thanked outgoing chairperson, Mr James Dominguez CBE AM.

“I’d like to thank Mr Dominguez for his strong leadership of Wine Australia and for his contribution to the Australian wine industry,” Minister Ludwig said.

The last three years have been challenging for the wine industry, but under Mr Dominguez’s leadership Wine Australia established a presence in the important Chinese market, developed the industry’s new marketing strategy, and he took the lead in the co-location of the national wine organisations into the National Wine Centre.

Established in 1981, Wine Australia is the Australian Government statutory authority that provides strategic support to the Australian wine sector. Wine Australia operates in Australia and overseas on high-level issues, including regulating and developing markets for Australian wine and providing wine sector information and analysis.

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