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De­can­ter wel­comes for­mer Wine So­ci­ety CEO as MD

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

Robin McMillan, for­merly CEO of The Wine So­ci­ety, be­gan his new role as De­can­ter’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor on 10 Septem­ber.

McMillan will en­sure the con­tin­ued strong per­for­mance of the 43-year-old wine brand, as well as ac­cel­er­at­ing its in­ter­na­tional growth across key busi­ness ar­eas such as De­can­ter mag­a­zine, on­line De­can­ter Premium, events and awards.

McMillan spent six years as CEO of The Wine So­ci­ety in the UK, dur­ing which time mem­ber­ship grew by more than 25,000 to stand at 140,000, the so­ci­ety said.

Prior to join­ing The Wine So­ci­ety, McMillan had been chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Berry Bros & Rudd, one of the UK’s old­est wine mer­chants. ‘ Hav­ing worked with two iconic Bri­tish wine brands over the last 20 years I am de­lighted to be join­ing a third, es­pe­cially at such an ex­cit­ing time in De­can­ter’s 40-plus years of his­tory,’ McMillan said.

‘ We have a very tal­ented team who have made De­can­ter the suc­cess story it is to­day and I very much look for­ward to work­ing with all of them to build on that suc­cess, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the many op­por­tu­ni­ties the wine world has to of­fer.’

De­can­ter’s pre­vi­ous MD, Sarah Kemp, stepped down last year af­ter more than 20 years at the helm and more than 30 years at the mag­a­zine in to­tal.

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