Brown Family Wine Group (BFWG) has announced that CEO Dean Carroll will leave the business after 16 years, eight as CEO, and that he will leave the business in late December.

BFWG also said that after an extensive domestic and international search, Cameron MacFarlane has been appointed to take over the position.

Carroll said: “I step away proud of what we’ve been able to achieve over my tenure.

“Working for great people, with great people, on great brands with great products is not an opportunity everyone experiences in their working life. I’m extremely grateful for the family and Board’s confidence in me and the invaluable support received from every colleague, customer and supplier I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”

MacFarlane brings 30 years of experience into the role, with the last 23 spent in FMCG and much of that time in the alcohol industry. BFWG described him as a highly accomplished professional who has worked with renowned Australian and International brands, including Nestle, Heinz, the Fosters Group family of brands, Bacardi and Tribe Breweries.

“I am delighted and feel privileged to be joining the exceptional team at Brown Family Wine Group,” said MacFarlane.

“BFWG is a pioneering force in the industry; a business with deep history, an impressively strong brand portfolio, a talented team and an enviable reputation for innovation and culture.

“It is incredibly exciting to lead the business into its next growth phase. I look forward to continuing the legacy of connection and trust with our people, our valued customers and our consumers around the world.”

John Pollaers (OAM), Brown Family Wine Group Chair, added: “We are thrilled to have someone of Cameron’s calibre and expertise join our company.

“Throughout the recruitment process Cameron has shown us that he is someone who places high value on Brands, People and Performance, a true alignment to Brown Family Wine Group’s vision and values.”

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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