Dan Townsend passed away earlier this month

Dan Townsend passed away earlier this month

Dan Townsend, the head of Treasury Wine Estates' operations in Europe, has died.

The company said today that Townsend passed away earlier this month, from natural causes. He was 53.

Having joined TWE in early-2011 from Louis Latour Agencies, Townsend became MD for Europe in April last year. His drinks industry career dated back 30 years and included positions with Scottish & Newcastle, Matthew Clark and Constellation Brands.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Dan's family and loved ones," said CEO Michael Clarke today. "Dan is a big part of our business and he has been a role model for many. This is an incredibly sad time for our entire business, in particular for our UK and European teams."