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AWRI Managing Director moves on

Dr Sakkie Pretorius, the Managing Director of The Australian Wine Research Institute, is leaving his position to take up a new appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia.

The move was announced today by the AWRI’s Chairman, Peter Dawson. Dr Pretorius will take up his new position on 1 December.

“The AWRI is sad to lose Dr Pretorius but we recognise the opportunity he has been offered at this stage in his career,” said Mr Dawson.

“The AWRI Board is grateful for Sakkie’s leadership and his passion for the Australian wine industry. Sakkie leaves the AWRI in a very strong position, where it can continue to deliver outcomes for the benefit of grape and wine producers.”

“Dr Pretorius will continue his association with the Australian wine industry and the wider scientific community as a thought leader in the area of innovation and research.”

Dr Pretorius held senior positions in the South African higher education and wine industries prior to his appointment as Managing Director at the AWRI seven years ago.

Under his leadership, the AWRI has become recognised both nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in the delivery of research and innovation to the Australian grape and wine sector.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the AWRI and working together with the Australian wine industry,” said Dr Pretorius.

“I’m so proud of what has been achieved for the Australian grape and wine industry. I have been given the opportunity to join the University of South Australia in a position where I hope to make a significant contribution as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Research and Innovation.”

The AWRI Board is now seeking globally for a new Managing Director, with the closing date for applications being received by the Chairman by Friday, 19 August 2011.