By Amy Looker

The Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) has named its new president, while the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand (BAANZ) has welcomed its new chief executive.

Former ASIC chairman, Tony D’Aloisio (pictured left), will take over as president of the WFA from Barossa Valley winemaker Peter Schulz when his term concludes at the end of March.

 D’Aloisio has previously held roles as the chief executive and managing director of the Australian Securities Exchange and at law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

WFA vice-president, Robert Hill Smith, said D’Aloisio brings an ideal mix of business and management expertise to the role.

“The Federation conducted a wide search for a president who can represent us at the highest level and provide strong leadership at a time of significant challenges for the industry,” said Hill Smith.

“Our role is increasingly important as the industry restructures to confront growing global competition and winemakers adapt to changing consumer demand. We have an important leadership role to play and Tony will be central to that.”

 Meanwhile, Denita Wawn has stepped into the position of chief executive of the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Wawn was formerly with the National Farmers Federation for nine years as acting chief executive officer and general manager for Workplace and Corporate Relations.

Wawn has also worked for the Australian Hotels Association.

Wawn has taken over the position from Stephen Swift, who held the role for eight years.

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