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Appointment of Chief Executive, Darrell O’Brien

rd April 2018

Appointment of Chief Executive, Mr Darrell O’Brien

The Board of Allan Scott Family Winemakers is pleased to announce the appointment of Darrell O’Brien to the newly created position of Chief Executive of the Allan Scott Companies.

The appointment of Darrell “is an important progression for the Allan Scott Companies” commented founder Allan Scott, “as Darrell will lead the company through the strategic requirements of growth to a level fulfilling the rising demand for our quality product in overseas markets; plus ensure a continuation of the broadening of its innovative beverage presentations as the company also adapts to generational change in the next few years”.

“Mr O’Brien brings to the Allan Scott Companies, broad and proven leadership achievement at senior management level both in New Zealand and Europe. His ‘hands-on’ approach, innovative way of thinking and natural ability to ‘connect’ with people from all walks of life really supports our way of doing things. In addition, Darrell’s focus on achieving a great operational culture, structure and a place where people really enjoy their work sits well with the way we want to do things", observed Mr Scott.

“I am excited about the opportunity that this appointment presents”, comments Mr O’Brien. “I have admired the pioneering spirit, sustainability and innovation of Allan Scott, his Family and the wider team at Allan Scott Family Wines since my earlier close involvement in the industry. Their combined efforts and care for each part of the winemaking process leads to the creation of great quality wine varietals vintage after vintage. My new role allows me to add my experience, skills and passion to the existing Allan Scott Companies team and to lead the journey from ‘current state’ to the ‘future state’ that the group aspires to achieve’’.

Darrell and his partner Alessandra have two young daughters and have lived and worked in the Marlborough region since 2008. Mr O’Brien commences with the Allan Scott Companies on the 9th of April.


Allan Scott Family Winemakers

The Allan Scott Companies is one of the last medium sized family owned fully integrated wineries in New Zealand.

As a key Marlborough wine pioneer and Independent since 1975 the Allan Scott name is renowned for its consistent quality and top value by generations of consumers. It provides a full portfolio of Marlborough varietals under its Generations and Estate brands plus a range of sparkling wine created using Methode Traditionnelle under the Cecilia umbrella. In addition the group has select boutique offerings from its small Central Otago vineyard Scott Base near Cromwell.

The company is also known for its innovative approach having developed over the counter keg technology and more recently ‘craft’ sauvignon blanc incorporating beer hops. It’s winemaking expertise and expanded capacity has attracted significant 3rd party brand demand in recent years

With a strong domestic following to its own brands, the company also has sustainable long term export relationships in North America; Asia especially Vietnam and Japan, the UK and Scandinavia plus Australia and the Pacific.

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