Former New Zealand Winegrowers' director for Europe, David Cox, has told just-drinks he resigned from the body as he felt "the time was right to move on".

Earlier tody (16 July) New Zealand Winegrowers announced that Cox had left to "pursue other interests and projects". No other details were given behind his departure.

But, speaking exclusively to just-drinks, Cox, 60, insisted the decision to leave was his. "After three years in the role, I just thought that the time was right to move on," he said. 

Asked about the suddenness of the move, Cox said: "It is the beginning of our new financial year and so it was an appropriate time to depart." 

He added: "It felt right and we came to an arrangement." 

On the brevity of the trade body's statement, Cox, who ran the European office, based in New Zealand House, London, said: "That was their decision."

Looking to the future, Cox said: "I will certainly try to stay in the drinks industry, but will also consider opportunities elsewhere." 

He added: "I do not have a concrete role to go and my thoughts on other avenues have not crystallised just yet. However, I am looking forward to what the future brings”.