Tony Battaglene will be leaving his role as CEO of Australian Grape & Wine (AGW) later this year, after more than 20 years with the industry body.
The AGW Board thanked Battaglene for his service, and said it will now conduct an international search for its next CEO to take the organisation to the next level.
John Hart, Chair of Australian Grape & Wine said “His dedication to his roles at Australian Grape & Wine, and previously at the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, has been extraordinary. The reform agenda he has spearheaded and the collaborative approach he has championed has improved the Australian wine industry immeasurably.
“We thank Tony for his service and wish him well for his future endeavours. We look forward to celebrating his achievements as he transitions out of the organisation over the next six months.
“Australian Grape & Wine also resolved to continue its approach to broaden its engagement and policy development process to be more inclusive across the length and breadth of the industry. This will ensure that irrespective of what region, what size or whether you are a grower or winemaker you will have a strong voice within our organisation.”
Battaglene said: “Representing the sector on behalf of Australian Grape & Wine has been an absolute privilege. I am looking forward to the next stage in my career and know the organisation will continue to deliver strong advocacy on behalf of the sector.”
At its Board meeting this week, AGW committed to bolstering the advocacy role that the organisation plays. As the prescribed representative organisation for the Australian wine industry, AGW said it will allocate additional resources to advocacy and communications to position the industry for the best possible future.