John Ratcliffe to head up Accolade

10 December, 2013

John Ratcliffe, the former head of Seagram UK and a driving force behind the once innovative specialist UK off licence chain, Oddbins, has been appointed CEO of Accolade Wines.

Champ Private Equity managing director and Accolade Project Director, John Haddock, said John Ratcliffe brought a history of innovation, entrepreneurship, a successful record of executive business leadership and a deep knowledge of the wine industry to the company.

“Over the past 11 years John has been providing operational and strategic expertise to the boards of multinationals, major financial institutions, distributors, retailers and brand owners across the globe,” said Haddock.

Ratcliffe said, “I am delighted to be taking the helm of Accolade as it looks to implement its strategy of being the only company delivering a full service New World wine proposition globally across the three core price segments of value, mid-market and premium.

“Accolade has a wonderful portfolio of global and domestic brands, including the iconic Hardys, coupled with multi-channel distribution in all main geographies,” he said.

“John has been a key adviser to the company throughout Champ's involvement with Accolade. Through his work with the board on key strategic initiatives it became increasingly apparent that John’s capabilities were an ideal fit for leadership of the company. With the recent appointment of Steve Gorst as chief financial and operating officer we are very pleased that the senior management team at Accolade is now complete,” said Haddock.

“Accolade is a business with momentum and potential. I am very much looking forward to leading such a strong and highly experienced management team,” Ratcliffe said.

Ratcliffe will take up his appointment on February 3. He will be spending his time in Accolade’s major markets and traveling from bases in Australia and the UK.





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