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Wine company eyes international sales

EVANS and Tate has appointed John Hopkins (pictured right) as a non-executive director to fill the position left vacant by retiring member Michael Calneggia.

Mr Hopkins joins the company with an extensive background in both corporations law and in the wine industry and says that, although his role will not see him manage the day-to-day operations at Evans and Tate, he will provide relevant experience across a wide range of issues.

“I’ll certainly be hoping to bring my experience in those areas to help assist the board wherever possible,” Mr Hopkins says.

Mr Hopkins is the mandate director of the advisory investment company, Quantum Capital Partners, and is responsible for ensuring the mandate to effect business transactions is provided to clients with quality service.

And according to Franklin Tate, the chairman and chief executive officer of Western Australia’s largest publicly listed company, Mr Hopkins’ experience with acquisitions and mergers will prove fundamental to the company, which is looking to expand its overseas operations.

“As Evans and Tate continues to look globally for opportunities, John’s knowledge in the North American and European markets will prove extremely valuable,” Mr Tate says.

Mr Hopkins says plans for Evans and Tate to expand have produced some lofty targets and he hopes to provide as much insight into global markets as possible.

“The company in a fairly newly listed and its pursing a strong growth policy and setting some big targets,” he says.

“My experience has been within the equities area, particularly with regards to overseas equity

“I would certainly be in a position to advise the board.”

Mr Hopkins’ wine knowledge, coupled with his expertise with corporations law and restructuring, has made him attractive to wine industry players.

“I’ve recently been approached by another wine group, but I had been in discussions with Evans and Tate for some time,” he says.

“I’m very comfortable with the company and I love its wines. I’ve been drinking them for about 25 years.”

Mr Hopkins replaces Mr Calneggia, who has left the company to pursue his own personal wine interests.

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