TWE MD Dan Townsend has passed away

Dan Townsend, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) European MD, has passed away.

Townsend, who had worked in the drinks trade for the past 30 years, died in California nine days ago on a work trip. He was 53. 

During his six years with TWE, Townsend had become “highly regarded and deeply respected”, not just by the European team but across the global business as an “inspirational and much loved leader”, said ceo Michael Clarke.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Dan’s family and loved ones,” said Clarke, adding Dan had been a role model for many and would continue to be “a big part of our business”.

“This is an incredibly sad time for our entire business, in particular for our UK and European teams.”

During his career in the drinks trade, Townsend worked across different categories and channels, from the like of Scottish Courage to executive roles at Matthew Clark, Constellation Europe and Louis Latour.

During his past two years with TWE, Townsend was also the chairman of drinks industry charity The Benevolent, helping raise substantial funds for members of the trade in need of support.



Readers' comments (4)

  • He will be sadly missed by all who knew him at Matthew Clark. Inspirational boss who worked always hard,but could also play harder
    RIP Dan got great memories from Courage and MC
    Mark Gilbert

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  • What a devastating loss for the industry, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Dan's family at the sad time.

    From all the team at WSET.

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  • Dan will be greatly missed as an inspirational, leader to his team at Treasury and throughout the industry in general. Having played golf with Dan on a couple of occasions I grew to appreciate his charm and witty sense of humour. Our condolences at this time go to his family.

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  • Very sad to wake up to this news in Australia. Dan was always available for a chat and a laugh at industry events. My thoughts are with his family and his team at TWE.

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