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Constellation Brands NZ Announces New Managing Director

Constellation Brands New Zealand Announces New Managing Director

Constellation Brands New Zealand Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Managing Director following the upcoming retirement of the current CEO, Joe Stanton.

Sam Glaetzer will join Constellation Brands as Managing Director, New Zealand, on 14 July 2014. In this role, Sam will be responsible for leading the New Zealand business, reporting to Jay Wright, President, Wines & Spirits Division, Rochester, NY, USA.

Jay Wright commented, “Joe leaves a great legacy for our business and our industry. He helped build and grow powerful global brands that celebrate New Zealand’s food and wine heritage. I’m confident that Sam will build on that foundation and bring his own style to this next phase in our business.”

Sam will lead the New Zealand business including a comprehensive growth strategy for vineyards and winery expansion as well as driving sales and marketing across New Zealand and Australia. He will be based at the Constellation Brands Auckland offices.

Sam will bring strong wine industry knowledge to the role with extensive experience across both New Zealand and Australia. He has spent the majority of his career within Treasury Wine Estates, holding roles across many operational areas of the business, most recently as Director, New Zealand Production & Brands. In this position, he was responsible for supply as well as building the Matua brand globally. Sam has also worked for Fosters Wine Estates, where he was responsible for winery operations and made impressive quality, safety and operational developments.

“I am really looking forward to joining both the New Zealand and wider team at Constellation Brands at such an exciting time for our fantastic portfolio of NZ brands, led by Kim Crawford and Selaks. The New Zealand wine industry continues to grow in all key global markets. And it’s a great opportunity to join the Constellation team that is leading from the front with its people, wine quality, investment and scale.”

Sam's education includes a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with Honours as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Oenology, both from the University of Adelaide.

The business will benefit from a transition period between Sam starting on mid-July and Joe Stanton retiring late September.

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