Both joined the board in 1991 as Directors of the company, then known as Brian McGuigan Wines. Over 24 years, Brian and Ian have seen the successful merger between Simeon Wines and Brian McGuigan Wines, forming McGuigan Simeon Wines in 2002, as well as the transition to the Australian Vintage name in 2008.
Brian and Ian both say they are extremely proud to have been with the company over such a significant period of time.
It was also announced yesterday that although Brian will be stepping down as Non-Executive Director of the Board, he would however continue to work with Australian Vintage on the McGuigan brand globally.
“As the creator of one of Australia’s largest selling ranges, McGuigan Black Label, we believe that his passion and drive will only enhance the sales of all our terrific products. Mr. Brian McGuigan’s signature will also continue to be proudly included on our McGuigan labels”, the company said.
As a result, previous Chairman of InvoCare, Richard Davis will replace Ian. Richard has been on the Board since 2009 as a Non-Executive Director and will now head the company as the Board’s new Chairman.
Richard said he is very pleased to have been appointed as Chairman and recognised Ian and Brian’s contribution to the Board.
“Both Ian Ferrier and Brian McGuigan have made an enormous contribution to AVL helping to build the business to one of the more successful wine companies in Australia. They have been a steadying force as the wine industry continues to face difficult market conditions.
“On behalf of our shareholders, the Board, management and all at Australian Vintage, I would like to congratulate Ian and Brian for their tireless dedication and leadership, and wish them both all the best for the future.”
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