By Amy Looker
Two well-known wine brands have appointed new staff to local and overseas positions.
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has confirmed the appointment of John Grant to the role of managing director for the Beringer brand business unit.
Based in Napa, California, Grant was previously the vice president – global brand director for Beringer where he was responsible for global brand development and marketing.
Grant brings to the role more than two decades of experience in the wine and beverages industry, having previously held the role of president, Constellation Wines Australia, and a variety of senior leadership roles, including positions at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Lion Nathan.
In his new role, Grant will be responsible for setting the global strategic direction of the Beringer brand business unit, focusing on driving the profitable growth of Beringer and other regional brands, including Chateau St Jean, Etude, Stags’ Leap, Be. and Castello di Gabbiano.
Meanwhile, McWilliam's Wines has welcomed Chris Maloney, who has accepted the newly created role of digital marketing director.
Winner of the 2011 B&T Young Achiever of the Year, Maloney joins McWilliam's Wines from HSBC where he was digital marketing manager, following stints with Commonwealth Bank and Ford Motor Company.
Maloney will lead digital across a broad portfolio of brands including McWilliam's, Mount Pleasant, Evans & Tate, Champagne Taittinger and Drambuie.
"The appointment of Chris Maloney and our investment in our digital strategy demonstrates how important this area is to McWilliam's Wines," said McWilliam's CEO Robert Blackwell.