Alister Purbrick, fourth generation CEO and chief winemaker of the Tahbilk Group in Victoria, will retire in June.
Ross Sudano is the new CEO of the family business.
“After 43 years running my family businesses, Tahbilk and the Tahbilk Group, it’s time for me to pass the baton on,” Alister says.
“After an exhaustive recruitment process, overseen by a family and independent member panel, we welcome Ross and are certain that his extensive and proven business acumen and leadership skills will build on the successes achieved over 162 years of operation.
“Ross will report to our family board, ensuring that the Purbrick family vision, mission and values underpin our group culture while driving a new and exciting chapter for our family business.”
Ross Sudano comes to the TG with a proven track record of corporate success, having held a number of CEO positions across a range of industries, identifying and implementing strategic growth opportunities.
His most recent role was as CEO and managing director of The Reject Shop Limited.
Ross has also worked at Little Creatures Brewing, Anaconda, BP Australia and Foodland Associated Limited.
Alister has served on a number of industry boards and committees during his career.
He was the inaugural chair of Australia’s First Families of Wine and past President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (now Australian Grape & Wine).
Tahbilk, established in 1860 and Victoria’s oldest family-owned winery, has been owned and operated by the Purbrick family since 1925.
Ross says he “differentiates by employing a strong and inclusive approach to leadership”.
He is based at Tahbilk’s corporate office in Melbourne with regular time spent overseeing Tahbilk Group operations based in the Nagambie Lakes region.