New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the surprise resignation of its European director, David Cox.
A brief press release issued by New Zealand Winegrowers‘ CEO Philip Gregan this morning said Cox (pictured) had left the organisation ‘to pursue other interests and projects.’
The release made no mention of the reason for Cox’s departure, nor did it thank him for his three-year tenure at the organisation; global marketing director Chris Yorke quoted the latest Nielsen figures on New Zealand wine’s market share and average retail price per bottle of £6.33.
Cox told Decanter.com he had left his role without securing another position in the wine trade.
‘My resignation was not prompted by another job offer, I simply felt that it was time to move on and assess new opportunities and challenges’, he said.
‘It is the beginning of our new financial year, so it was an appropriate time for me to depart. I am looking forward to what the future will bring,’ Cox added.
David Cox has enjoyed a career spanning over 25 years in the wine industry. He joined New Zealand Winegrowers in May 2009, after 15 years as managing director of Brown Forman‘s European wine division.
Cox said that he would now consider opportunities outside the wine sphere.
‘Undoubtedly wine is a major passion, but I will not be limiting myself to applying for positions in the wine industry. There are opportunities in the public sector and promotional work for charities also interests me,’ he told Decanter.com.
Chris Stroud, market programme manager for New Zealand Winegrowers said, ‘David’s resignation was not expected and has clearly shocked the UK wine trade.’
‘As far as I am aware, no replacement has been considered and Chris Yorke, our global marketing director will be handling the recruitment for David’s replacement,’ he added.
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Written by James Lawrence