Hess Family Wine Estates, a family-owned fifth-generation company, announced today that Timothy Persson will assume the role of chairman, and that John Grant has been appointed president and CEO.
Stepping away from his day-to-day management of the company as former CEO, Persson in his role as proprietor and chairman will focus on building strategic relationships with key accounts both in the U.S. and abroad, while searching for potential acquisitions to further build Hess Family Wine Estates luxury credentials. Persson will be responsible for ensuring the Hess Family Wine Estates Board of Directors and Trustee are kept abreast of the company’s business direction and future vision.
In his new role as president and CEO, Grant moves from his prior position as COO to assume the daily management of Hess Family Wine Estates, accountable for the commercial front of house and production activities back of house in addition to unlocking the company’s annual business potential, the company says.
“John has spent the last four years driving process, retooling our route to market and lifting our game overall,” says Persson. “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate John. His transition will be seamless.”
Grant will continue to report to Persson.