By Andy Young
Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) has appointed a new executive director, with Andrew Weeks transitioning into the role over the next month.
Formerly the business manager at Riverland Wine, Weeks has previously worked in various technical and vineyard management roles in the Riverland, Murray Valley and Langhorne Creek wine regions.
In a statement about the appointment, WGGA said that Weeks has "a strong whole of industry focus, and is looking forward to the challenges ahead".
The appointment was welcomed by the Winemakers' Federation of Australia, with chief executive Paul Evans saying: "It is important to have strong leadership in the wine industry and Andrew’s experience will serve WGGA well at this important time when our organisations have joined behind a plan to help lift profitability for the sector".
Weeks joins recently appointed Independent Chair at WGGA Joanna (Jo) Andrew, Capital Partner with law firm Mellor Olsson.
Evans added: "We welcome Andrew to this senior position and look forward to working with him and WGGA’s recently appointed Chair Jo Andrew as we bring our organisations more closely together to deliver better results for the Australian wine industry going forward."