Tony Battaglene, CEO of Australian Grape & Wine, will be leaving late this year.
He has been with the industry organisation for more than twenty years.
Australian Grape & Wine says it will undertake an international search for the next CEO.
Chair John Hart says, “His dedication to his roles at Australian Grape & Wine, and previously at the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, has been extraordinary.
“The reform agenda he has spearheaded and the collaborative approach he has championed has improved the Australian wine industry immeasurably.
“We thank Tony for his service and wish him well for his future endeavours.
“We look forward to celebrating his achievements as he transitions out of the organisation over the next six months.”
Tony Battaglene says, “Representing the sector on behalf of Australian Grape & Wine has been an absolute privilege.
“I am looking forward to the next stage in my career and know the organisation will continue to deliver strong advocacy on behalf of the sector.”
At its Board meeting this week, Australian Grape & Wine committed to bolstering the advocacy role that the organisation plays.
“As the prescribed representative organisation for the Australian wine industry, Australian Grape & Wine will allocate additional resources to advocacy and communications to position the industry for the best possible future,” Hart says.
“Australian Grape & Wine also resolved to continue its approach to broaden its engagement and policy development process to be more inclusive across the length and breadth of the industry.
“This will ensure that irrespective of what region, what size or whether you are a grower or winemaker, you will have a strong voice within our organisation.”