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

Walsh said the authority was pleased Clark had agreed to continue in the role, having already proven himself to be an exemplary candidate.

"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.”

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.”

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

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