Laura Jewell MW is to leave her role as Tesco's head of wine product development to become Wine Australia's director for the UK and Europe.
Wine Australia brought forward its official announcement of Jewell's appointment following trade media speculation. She is to take up her new role on 23 February next year, the trade body said today (27 November). Jewell's departure from Tesco comes at a hard time for the UK's largest supermarket. It reported a 92% drop in net profits for first half of its current financial year. Its long-standing head of beer, wine and spirits, Dan Jago, was understood to have been suspended last month alongside several additional directors, pending an inquiry into the overstatement of profits that has since been taken up by the UK's Serious Fraud Office. Tesco has not confirmed the names of the directors suspended.Wine Australia has been without a UK director since the
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