20/02/2007 - 22:00

Anthony Wilkes - Ferngrove Wine Group

20/02/2007 - 22:00


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Anthony Wilkes - Ferngrove Wine Group

Title: Chief executive officer

Business: Wine

Total employees: 50

Reporting directly: 8



When Anthony Wilkes took on Ferngrove’s CEO role at 30 years of age, the company needed to establish solid revenue streams to become cash-flow positive. Two years later, Mr Wilkes says the team has managed to turn the company around, with Ferngrove expected to process the state’s third largest tonnage of grapes for the 2007 vintage.

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Mr Wilkes completed a BA in business (agriculture) at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in Canberra.He is a board member of the Great Southern Wine Producers Association.

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