Jeffrey Clarke, General Manager Advocacy & General Counsel at New Zealand Winegrowers, has been appointed as Interim CEO for Bragato Research Institute. Mr Clarke took up the role in early April, allowing for departing chief executive MJ Loza to undertake a comprehensive handover.

Mr Clarke has worked for NZ Winegrowers since 2014 and has been involved with BRI since its inception. His work as general legal counsel included the original contracts to establish BRI, as well as ongoing advocacy and legal support for the research organisation.

Jeffrey Clark“Jeffrey has played an important role in establishing BRI and is very familiar with our operations and the service we provide to NZ Winegrowers’ members,” says Mr Loza. “I am pleased he’s available to take a leadership role at BRI and that someone with his expertise and experience is here for the BRI team over this time.”

Mr Clarke commented that he was enjoying learning more of BRI’s research capabilities and looked forward to assisting the organisation during his tenure. After three years, Mr Loza leaves BRI in May to work for Aotearoa Fine Wines and will move to Hawke’s Bay.

BRI expects to make an announcement regarding a permanent appointment in the CEO’s role later this year. An executive recruitment agency has been appointed and the role advertised nationally and internationally.