Changes afoot at Negociants New Zealand

Following a recent announcement that Clive Weston will retire from Negociants New Zealand on 28th May 2021, after over thirty years with the Company, we now confirm the following internal promotions.

On Monday 31st May, Andrew Parkinson will be appointed to the position of Managing Director, Negociants New Zealand, incorporating Nautilus Estate of Marlborough. Simultaneously, Dean McHenry will be promoted and take over from Andrew Parkinson as General Manager, Negociants New Zealand (Domestic).

While a further announcement will be made with regards to the appointment of a National Sales Manager, to take over from Dean, the Company is thrilled with both Andrew’s and Dean’s internal promotions.

Clive Weston & Andrew Parkinson Dean McHenry Adam Balasoglou & Clive Jones
Clive Weston & Andrew Parkinson Dean McHenry Adam Balasoglou & Clive Jones

Clive Weston states – “Personally, working with such a fine group of talented, enthusiastic, wine wise people, past and present, has been a great honour; we have a good number of long serving individuals in the team, as well as some who have made Negociants their workplace of choice in more recent years but the blend works well.

Andrew worked in the hospitality sector in Auckland and Wellington for many years before joining Negociants New Zealand as Fine Wine Manager, over fifteen years ago. Dean has been with us for three years and clearly, has made a positive impact on the business. However, his career to date also includes extensive and successful, trans-Tasman sales management experience with Brown Brothers and Taylor Brown.

Increasingly, we have emphasised effective succession planning. It doesn’t always materialise but when it does, it’s very satisfying to be able to promote from within the business. I hope that this provides inspiration for the rest of the team but also for talented individuals contemplating future employer options within the Trade.

Combined with the very talented team at Nautilus Estate, led by Clive Jones, our Winemaker for the past 24 vintages and current Chair of New Zealand Winegrowers, with Adam Balasoglou heading up Sales & Marketing, then I sense that NNZ is well placed to face and overcome tomorrow’s vinous challenges – “From the grape to the glass.”

Andrew Parkinson, Managing Director (designate) Negociants New Zealand comments. “Clive Weston and I first met in the lobby of the Regent Hotel in 1988 and since that day I have counted him as a leader and innovator in the New Zealand wine and hospitality industries. His influence will be long felt in our business and I am assured that sage advice and a glass of Nautilus Pinot Noir is never far away if needed.

I count it is a great privilege to take over the reins of this proud, family-owned Fine Wine Company and together with a talented group of colleagues, I see a bright future ahead for the business and our partners in the wine and hospitality sectors.”

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