Cape Classics, the premier importer of South African wine to the United States, announced the appointment of Robert Bradshaw as President & Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.
Bradshaw will be assuming the President position previously held by founder & CEO Andre Shearer since 1992, whilst maintaining his former role as Chief Operating Officer. He will be responsible for leading the company's operations, growth strategy and championing Cape Classics' distinctive service culture. Bradshaw brings a wealth of senior management experience and great depth of trade knowledge to his new position.
"During Rob's time as COO, he has not only demonstrated exceptional leadership and management abilities, he has also shown unwavering dedication to South Africa's growth in the marketplace and a passion for the company, its shareholders, employees and partners. We are excited for him to lead the Cape Classics team into what is unquestionably an exciting future ahead!" said CEO Andre Shearer. "Cape Classics is an entirely people-centric organization, and Rob's people skills coupled with his unique understanding of the complex US wine market makes him a perfect candidate for this important leadership position."
Prior to joining Cape Classics as COO in January of 2009, Bradshaw was the National Wine & Beer Buyer for Trader Joe's since 2002, responsible for expanding their business with wineries, breweries and multinational beverage alcohol companies across five continents. He holds a Certified Sommelier level from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and earned an MBA from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management.
Cape Classics was established by Andre Shearer in 1992, with a mission of bringing the crème de la crème of South Africa's then-fledgling wine industry to the American market. Today Cape Classics proudly represents 21 of South Africa's finest estates and labels. With a focus solely on South African wine, the company remains committed to providing a unique range of selections that are exciting and delicious and that offer outstanding value. Nearly 25% of all bottled wine from South Africa available in the US bears the Cape Classics seal.