Wine Australia has appointed experienced wine professional Angela Slade as its new Regional Director, North America. Angela is currently the PR and Marketing Manager for Negociants USA, and will begin in the role in late August. She takes over from James Gosper, who was recently appointed as General Manager, Market Development for Wine Australia, based in Sydney.
Angela has extensive experience in the wine sector, from working with large, public wine companies, to smaller family-owned companies. She has a strong background in PR and marketing and has successfully promoted a range of Australian wine companies across North America.
In the past 12 years, Angela has developed excellent working relationships with key wine press, trade and distributors in this important market, as well as cultivating a good network among the Australian wine sector. Wine Australia e1312384578672 227x35 Wine Australia announces new director for North America
Angela has been closely involved with Wine Australia since 1999 and was the lead contact for Rosemount & Southcorp with Wine Australia for all in-bound tours into Australia from 1999 until end of 2003, working closely with each of the international market directors. Angela has managed the Negociants USA relationship and market activities with Wine Australia in the US since 2007.
Wine Australia’s General Manager, Market Development James Gosper said Angela’s knowledge and extensive networks in the US and Australian wine sectors was exceptional.
“Angela clearly understands the nature of the Australian wine sector, having worked in the USA and Australia and we are very pleased to welcome her to the Market Development team,” he said. “We have worked very closely with Angela, particularly in the past three years, where she has been involved in the Importers Advisory Board for Wine Australia in the US. The team in North America is looking forward to welcoming Angela, who will provide experience commitment and leadership.”
A native of Napa, CA, Angela grew up in an active wine community with exposure to viticulture, wine hospitality and fine wine. She started working in Napa Valley wine hospitality/events during summers off from university 1993 – 1995 and went on to explore the international wine industry by spending years in both Italy and Australia.
“I am thrilled to be joining the North America team of Wine Australia and working closely them, as well as with our committed marketing staff around the world,” Angela said. “There is so much innovation and commitment among the global Wine Australia team and I am looking forward to contributing to this to further evolve the Australian category in North America.”
The role of Regional Director, North America is based in New York, with offices on the west coast of the USA, as well as in Canada.