UK wine producer appoints new chief executive

By William Dodds

- Last updated on GMT

White joined the business in 2018. Credit: Gusbourne
White joined the business in 2018. Credit: Gusbourne

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Kent-based wine maker Gusbourne has confirmed the appointment of Jonathan White as chief executive officer designate.

White, who joined the firm in 2018, was offered the role following a “rigorous internal and external search process​”. Previously, he worked as the firm’s marketing director and has played an “instrumental​” role in the brand’s global expansion and the establishment of its direct to consumer sales channel.

Prior to arriving at Gusbourne, White gained experience working for independent wine distributor Armit Wines and global wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd.

Gusbourne has also announced that Simon Bradbury will step up from his position as global sales director to fill the role of chief commercial officer, while group chief financial officer Katharine Berry will take on responsibility for vineyard and wine operations alongside her existing remit covering finance, HR and IT.

White and Bradbury will also join the company’s board as executive directors following the completion of regulatory due diligence by the company's nominated adviser. Mike Paul, who has served as interim chief executive for the last five months, will resume his role as non-executive director.

Commenting on the news, chair Jim Ormonde said that the board was “delighted​” to appoint White to the role of CEO.

Ormonde continued: “In the five and a half years he has worked at Gusbourne, he has shown real passion and commitment to building the Gusbourne brand into one of the UK’s most prestigious wine brands. He brings an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business along with great leadership qualities and significant wine industry experience.

“The board would like to thank Mike Paul for his wise counsel as interim CEO and supporting the ongoing strategic progress of the company.”

Based at the Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent, the firm produces both sparkling and still wines from grapes grown solely at its vineyard.

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