McGuigan Simeon has appointed a replacement for retiring managing director Brian McGuigan. 

The Australian wine company said today (9 February) that Dane Hudson would assume the position from 1 March.

McGuigan, who announced he was standing down last November, will remain on the company's board.

Hudson joins McGuigan Simeon from restaurant company Yum Brands, whose brands include KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Hudson had held the position of senior vice-president at Yum Brands.

Speaking to Dow Jones today (9 February), McGuigan said that Hudson's lack of wine experience was not a problem, as he would bring a solid financial background to the business as well as experience in international markets.

"It's the experience of dealing with consumer products. While it's a different commodity to a degree, wine has developed into a consumer product," McGuigan said.

The company is in the middle of a stand-off with grapegrowers. McGuigan earlier this week stalled on a decision whether to reinstate grapegrowers' contracts after suspending a number of contracts late last year. The growers are mulling litigation on the matter.