Wine Australia chief executive resigns
Wine Australia has announced the resignation of chief executive Andrew Cheesman.
Cheesman, who has led the organisation since 2009, has resigned to "pursue other opportunities within the wine sector", according to an official statement from Wine Australia.
Wine Australia chairman George Wahby said: "I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Wine Australia Board and the sector generally to thank Andrew for his exemplary leadership over the past four years.
"Andrew is a passionate advocate for the Australian wine sector and has been a key driver of change in the industry's national organisation. During his tenure he has transformed Wine Australia, ensuring the delivery of key services for the sector, especially during the difficult trading environment over the past few years. I wish him well for the future."
Cheesman will remain in his existing role until 30 September 2013.
Cheesman said: "It has been a tremendous honour to lead the team at Wine Australia through a period of significant change.
"I have enjoyed the challenges of the role and have remained humbled by the fantastic support I have received from our wine community and the Board. Wine Australia has a very hard-working and highly capable team to help industry maximise the opportunities that lie ahead."
An announcement on Cheesman's replacement will be made "in due course".