Accolade Wines has been without a CEO for nearly 11 months

Accolade Wines has been without a CEO for nearly 11 months

Accolade Wines has said it still intends to appoint a new CEO and the recruitment process is on-going.  

It is now nearly 11 months since the sudden departure of Troy Christensen from the Australian-headquartered global wine group. Christensen, who took on the role when private equity group CHAMP acquired Constellation Brands' UK and Australian wine business in 2011, left the company last November. No official reason was given for his exit. 

When contacted by just-drinks this week, an Accolade spokesperson said: “The intention is to fill the (CEO) role.” Asked when an appointment is likely to be made, the spokesperson said: “I can't tell you more than that we have a process in train.” 

Los Angeles-based recruitment firm Korn/Ferry International was recruited at the time of Christensen's depature to find Accolade a new CEO. 

Fellow Australian wine firm Treasury Wine Estates is also on the hunt for a new boss after David Dearie left the business with immediate effect last month. Treasury's chairman Paul Rayner said yesterday that the average time for filling such a CEO role is nine months