Jeffrey Clarke has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Bragato Research Institute. Mr Clarke, previously General Manager Advocacy & General Counsel at New Zealand Winegrowers, took up the role on an interim basis in early April following the resignation of MJ Loza.
“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to help lead BRI at this exciting stage of its growth. We have an opportunity to consolidate our great start with exciting new programmes, deepening our relationships with the research community to deliver meaningful impact to winegrowers throughout New Zealand,” said Mr Clarke.
Mr Clarke has worked for NZ Winegrowers since 2014 and 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. Mr Clarke also represented the NZ wine industry at international wine bodies such as the OIV and World Wine Trade Group.
BRI board chairperson Mark Gilbert commented that the recruitment process had been thorough. “The role attracted many applicants. We shortlisted and finally took three to final interviews.
I am delighted to confirm Jeffrey’s appointment. The board believes this appointment will carry the BRI forward in terms of meeting our strategic imperatives, continue the development of the great staff we have, and most importantly delivering science outcomes applicable to the vineyard and other aspects of wine making. New Zealand is recognised as a leader in this industry. With new and additional funding, along with some exciting projects coming on stream, BRI is well positioned to continue to contribute to this exciting industry,” said Mr Gilbert.
Mr Clarke will divide his time between the BRI office in Blenheim and his home in Wellington, with travel to BRI’s other research sites.
For more information, please contact: Trish Grammer, Communications, BRI, Tel: +64 21 984324