Emma Fox has recently been appointed as the new chairman of British wine merchant Berry Bros. Rudd, which has been without a suitable candidate for CEO since the departure of the company's Dan Jago in January 2019.
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Fox, who has been an independent director of the boutique wine merchant since 2017, will begin her role as chairman on Aug. 3.
Fox, who has a retail background, was appointed CEO of The Original Factory Shop in 2017, having previously been commercial director at The Halfords Group. She also has extensive beverage industry experience, having worked at Bass Brewers, Asda and Walmart.
Following Jago"s departure in January last year, Lizzy Rudd had temporarily assumed the role of chairman while a search for a new CEO was conducted, but in March last year, the search was cancelled due to factors in the foreseeable future.
At the time, Rudd was the second woman to head the company in its 300-year history, behind her grandmother Ethel, who will return to Berry Bros. Rudd next month as chairman of the board.
Fox accepted our offer, and we're very happy about that," Rudd said. She knows the industry very well, so it was a natural next step. During her tenure on our board, Fox has played an important role in developing business strategy.