The American Sommelier Council appointed new board members after the New York Times exposed a sexual harassment scandal in October.
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According to the New York Times, new members of the American Sommelier Council"s board of directors include:Emily Wines, Mia Van De Water, Kathryn Morgan, David Yoshida, Keith Goldston, Rob Bigelow and Christopher Bates.
Of the 11 new board members, a total of three are women, two are Asian-American and two are gay. The requirements to be able to run for the board have been simplified to two years of membership.
In an effort to be more objective, four new board seats have been added to the board, to be filled by people outside of the American Sommelier Council, and a chief executive officer will be hired to run the day-to-day operations.
The American Sommelier Council's new code of ethics no longer allows sommeliers to have sexual relations with the female candidates they mentor, the council revealed in a press release. This new board understands that this is a critical point in the institution's history.