By Deborah Jackson, editor National Liquor News

Brown Brothers has appointed Dean Carroll as its new CEO, replacing outgoing CEO Roland Wahlquist, as of 11 December.

Carroll has been a key member of Brown Brothers' senior management team as chief sales executive and has been with the business since 2007.

He replaces Walquist who has led the business for the past five years.

Wahlquist joined Brown Brothers in 1990 as chief winemaker. His role then expanded into general manager where he oversaw the management of vineyards, research and development, bottling and engineering. He was instrumental in developing more than 1000 acres of new vineyards at Banksdale and Heathcote and as CEO, led the acquisition of Tasmanian vineyards and brands, Devil's Corner, Tamar Ridge and Pirie.

Ross Brown, executive director and third generation family member said: "Roland's focused leadership has seen the company continue to innovate and grow, placing Brown Brothers in a tremendously strong position within this challenging industry."

Speaking on Carroll's appointment to the role, Brown said: "Dean's experience, strong business acumen and dedication to the family-owned business shone through during the recruitment process. We are absolutely thrilled."

Carroll has extensive industry experience, having previously worked for Fine Wine Partners, Tucker Seabrook and Diageo. He has also recently chaired the board of the successful joint sales venture in New Zealand, Taylor Brown, with South Australian family-owned winery Taylors.

Carroll said: "I am excited and honoured to lead this wonderful family company and firmly believe we are well placed to take the next step in terms of sustainable growth both domestically and internationally. If we are to fulfil our potential we must continually strive to improve, be it in wine/viticulture quality, brand trial experiences, or by working more closely with our customers to better understand the connection between consumption and shopper occasions. Ultimately I know there are tremendously committed people within this company and I look forward to working with each of them to unlock our growth potential, and having some fun in the process."

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