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Paul Evans resigns from Winemakers' Federation

PAUL EVANS ANNOUNCED his resignation from the Winemaker’s Federation of Australia (WFA) in late February, stepping down from the position of chief executive officer which he held for more than three years.

Tony D’Aloisio, WFA president, said under Evans’ control the organisation has undertaken a significant body of work to develop and implemented a recovery plan to lift profitability for wine businesses.

“This work has not only attracted the support of national and state industry associations, it has also placed a welcome and unprecedented focus on the sector from government stakeholders. Paul has worked tirelessly to develop and implement the WFA’s strategic plan,” D’Aloisio said. “For example, the Government is now actively considering the key elements of WFA’s plan on WET rebate reform and has committed to acting before the next election.”

D’Aloisio said Evans had many stand out moments throughout his career with WFA, including the launch of the Responsible Winery Initiative and promoting the adoption of voluntary pregnancy labels on wine bottles.

“During his tenure, WFA has signed a voluntary code on commercial behaviours with Australia's largest liquor retailer and helped launch a direct-to-consumer website for brand owners,” he said. “He also worked with Wine Grape Growers Australia to form the Joint Policy Forum and initiated a whole-of-industry process to progress organisational reform.”

D’Aloisio said Evans had a regular media presence- bringing a balanced industry view to public debates on wine, health and our licence to operate.

“While we are saddened by Paul’s departure, we fully appreciate that this is an important career move for him and for his family. We thank him for his service to WFA.”

Evans stepped down as CEO to take up a position with a corporate in Melbourne and announced his last day as Friday 8 April 2016.

“Paul leaves the WFA with our sincere thanks and best wishes for him and his family.”

D’Aloisio said WFA would announce Evans’ replacement shortly.

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