UK based wine importer Western Wines announced today that Mike Paul, formerly of Southcorp and then Destination Wine is to join the company as managing director. The appointment is effective as of 5th February. Existing MD, Roger Gabb, who assumes the mantel of executive chairman.said: “Western Wines is proud to have recruited someone as prestigious as Mike Paul to lead the company forward. His experience in the quality wine market as a brand builder and marketer will enable us to achieve our goals for the future.” Paul said: “It is an exciting time to join Western Wines which has such strength in South Africa, principally thanks to top ten brand Kumala. There are also opportunities with Chile, Italy and Spain where lead brands are yet to be established; with Cono Sur, Il Padrino and Zorro in the portfolio, the back up of strong supply partners, flair for new product development and knowledge of the UK market, Western Wines is a key contender.”