Our Leadership Team

 

Steven Gorst   Chief Operating and Financial Officer
Jeremy Stevenson   General Counsel
Keith Todd   General Manager - Global Operations
Simon Williams   General Manager - Global Supply Chain
Anthony Barnes   General Manager - Asia
Michael East   General Manager - Australia, New Zealand & Pacific
Ted Popov   General Manager -  Europe, Middle East, Africa, South America
Paul Schaafsma   General Manager - UK & Ireland

Know our business and ensure everything we do creates value!

Steven Gorst

Chief Operating and Financial Officer 

Steven came to Accolade Wines with a background in driving food, agribusiness and technology companies.  With experience as president at Canada Malting, one of Canada’s largest food ingredient companies, exporting to over 40 countries worldwide he has significant experience in multi-geography operating models and financial controls. Steven holds an MBA from the University of Guelph in Ontario, and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing and Finance from Regina University, Saskatchewan.

 

   Build trust, keep confidences and act with integrity

Jeremy Stevenson

General Counsel

Jeremy came to Accolade Wines after working in a range of legal roles over the past 14 years in private practice and in the banking and real estate sectors. He started his career in Adelaide before spending over five years living in London and working for one of the world's largest law firms. He returned to Sydney where his last role was to lead the Asia Pacific legal team for a listed real estate investment trust. After five years in Sydney it was time to come home to Adelaide to be closer to family and friends. Jeremy joined the company just in time to help complete the sale to CHAMP and is now focused on leading an integrated legal, compliance, external affairs and human resources team dedicated to exceptional client service for the whole Accolade Wines business.


 

Make commitments and follow through with action

Keith Todd

General Manager - Global Operations

Keith brings over 25 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry to Accolade Wines. As Director of Operations for one of the world’s largest malting companies he has had significant success in optimizing and improving operations efficiencies and processes globally.  Keith has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.


 

We should expect to be challenged and embrace change

Simon Williams

General Manager - Global Supply Chain 

Simon has held a variety of regional and global supply chain roles within the drinks industry. As General Manager Global Supply Chain for Accolade Wines, Simon is responsible for logistics, procurement, demand and supply planning, marine shipping, EU contract packing and day-to-day dotted line responsibility to manufacturing in the UK. Prior to joining Accolade Wines, Simon was the Global Supply Chain Director for Avon Cosmetics, tasked with establishing the newly-formed Avon Global Supply Chain Department. The previous 19 years were spent at Allied Domecq, where he was a board director of the Global Supply Chain for the Wine Division, having held previous roles as ERP Integration Director, Operations Director and Group Logistics Development Director.


 

Accept constructive challenge and hold each other accountable

Anthony Barnes

General Manager - Asia

With a commercial background in the hospitality and wine industries, specifically food and beverage and retail sales and marketing functions, Anthony brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Accolade Wines’ Asian operations.

Anthony started his career in the hospitality industry with Southern Pacific Hotels in Australia and New Zealand, and Orient Express Hotels in Australia.

Anthony’s passion for wine led him to Accolade Wines’ antecedent, BRL Hardy, in 2000; where he played a pivotal role in achieving the company’s brand, winemaking and tourism aspirations.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University, New South Wales.

 
 
We put our customers first and see the business from their perspective

Michael East

General Manager - Australia and New Zealand

Michael joined Accolade Wines in 2012 with a comprehensive background in the Australian wine industry. Michael’s experiences in the industry have included Global Sales and Marketing Director at Lion Wine, Managing Director, Southcorp Wines and Sales Director, Pernod Ricard. He has worked in Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand.

Michael’s experience and understanding of Accolade Wines’ brands and our customers will ensure that the business continues to deliver the quality and value that our customers and consumers have come to expect.


 

Find opportunities together to create profitable growth

Ted Popov

General Manager - Europe, Middle East, Africa, South America 

Ted joined the business in February 2011 to head up the sales team across mainland Europe – arriving just after the world was introduced to Accolade Wines for the first time.

He joined following a decade working for Gallo, at first in Southern California, later opening up sales operations across Eastern Europe, eventually rising to the position of Regional Director for Sales, Eastern Europe and the Nordics.

Before entering the world of wine, Ted did a Master of International Management at the renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Previous to that he worked in a variety of roles, including as an Account Director for BBDO.


 

Strong relationships are critical to our success

 

 

Paul Schaafsma

General Manager - UK & Ireland

Paul came to Accolade Wines with extensive experience in the Australian and UK markets. In his previous role as Australian Vintage Limited's General Manager in the UK, he leveraged private labels and exclusive brands to significantly grow the business.

He was instrumental in the dramatic growth of the McGuigan brand in the UK, where it was the fifth largest selling brand after only seven years. He also created distribution for the brand in 16 European markets, including Scandinavia, Russia and the Netherlands.

Paul's strong grasp of strategy and understanding of the UK market will help drive the growth of Accolade Wines' brand portfolio in the UK.

 

 

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