New Zealand Winegrowers' director for Europe, David Cox, has left the group to "pursue other interests and projects", the body announced today (16 July).

Cox, who had worked for the group since May 2009, left last week, it was confirmed to just-drinks. In a separate statement, the trade body said: "David Cox, Director – Europe for New Zealand Winegrowers has left the organisation to pursue other interests and projects." 

No other information or reason was given for Cox's departure. After being contacted by just-drinks, Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers' CEO, said: "David left us last week, but I cannot comment any more than that.

"We are now focusing on the future for NZ wine in both Europe and the UK, which we believe is looking very positive." 

Cox ran the body's European office, based in New Zealand House, London. The office gives marketing and promotional support to the trade and consumers and aims to boost the image of New Zealand wines in Europe.

Prior to working for for New Zealand Wingrowers, Cox was managing director for Wines Europe, Brown-Forman's remote wine business. He was also a former chairman of the advisory board of the London Wine & Spirits Fair. 

Chris Yorke, the group's global marketing director, said: "We will be looking for an experienced, credible wine marketer who wants to be part of the next stage of New Zealand wine’s growth in Europe.”