Disagreement about future structures and strategies has resulted in production executive Willem Bestbier leaving KWV.

He and newly-appointed CEO, Thys Loubser, who joined the company in January, could not find common ground after Loubser received a mandate from his board to flatten the company's structures and develop new business strategies.

Both Loubser and Bestbier, who has 25 year's service, stated that, after "in-depth and mature" discussions, they could not find common ground and Bestbier left.

Within weeks of taking over from Willem Barnard, Loubser announced that KWV International and KWV South Africa would revert to being the marketing and production departments of the company.

After the senior management structures were flattened, each department had to do the same and this is where problems set in. The issue came to a head last Wednesday and Bestbier left on Friday (5 October).

Bestbier said he would be reassessing his options, before deciding what he intended to do.

KWV will shortly start the process of finding his replacement.