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Chief of world’s largest wine company joins the Board of AWRI

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) announced today the results of the election conducted to appoint three levy representatives to the new AWRI Board. The new appointments are effective from 1 January 2006.

Managing Director, Professor Sakkie Pretorius, said “I am pleased to announce that Robin Day and Tim James have been returned to the AWRI Board for a further three years. Robin and Tim have been extremely valuable contributors to the success of the AWRI, and I am delighted that we have been able to secure their services for a further term.”

In addition, Stephen Millar, President and CEO of Constellation Wines, the world’s largest wine company, has been elected as a new member of the AWRI’s Board.

Stephen currently serves in leadership roles in numerous industry organisations. He is an Executive Council Member, and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA). He is also a Director of Drinkwise Australia – an Australian industry initiative to promote responsible alcohol consumption.

“Stephen brings to the AWRI Board high level corporate experience, outstanding strategic skills and a proven track record in leadership within the wine industry. I am very much looking forward to working with Stephen in the next phase of the AWRI’s growth”, said Sakkie.

The new Board comprises some of Australia’s most well respected industry members as well as a representative from The University of Adelaide. The members are:

  • Jim Brayne (McWilliam’s Wines)
  • Peter Dawson (Hardy Wine Company)
  • Robin Day (Domain Day)
  • Tim James (Wirra Wirra)
  • Geoff Linton (Yalumba Wines)
  • Stephen Millar (Constellation Wines)
  • Sakkie Pretorius (Managing Director, AWRI, ex officio)
  • Steve Tyerman (The University of Adelaide)

The AWRI Board will be supplemented with two additional Directors who will be elected by the new Board under the AWRI’s ‘Special Qualification Directors’ clause. “We expect these appointments to be made during the next few months”, said Sakkie.

Further information: Sakkie Pretorius, Managing Director tel: 08 8303 6610.