23 January, 2020

WID welcomes Emilia Simonin as new councillor

WID welcomes Emilia Simonin as new councillor

Women in drinks is thrilled to announce the appointment of a new councillor - Moet Hennessy’s Emilia Simonin.

Simonin replaces Sharon Lee, who is stepping down from her position due to role commitments.

“I’d like to thank Sharon for her contribution during her tenure, and I hope to still see her at many events,” said WID chair, Jennifer Collins. “I’m pleased to welcome Emilia to the council and I know she'll make an outstanding contribution to our future growth.”

Simonin, currently the Category Development & Insights Manager at Moët Hennessy Australia, has extensive industry experience, working across various sectors and international markets including the UK and France.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the WID council," she said. "I firmly believe that equality is critically important in our industry and through the commitment and passion of organisations such as Women in Drinks, it can be achieved.

“It is an incredibly exciting and rewarding industry to be a part of, as we ultimately help to enrich moments in people’s lives. I hope that I can help to raise awareness and influence leadership in a positive way and give women a support network that can truly help propel them to the heights they deserve.

“To say that I am excited, would be an understatement!”

Simonin’s expertise lies in customer marketing with a strong emphasis on trends and insights, and turning them into business strategy. She has worked in leadership roles within multinationals as well as executive education, where she spent much of her time engaging with general management and emerging leaders alike.

She also spent time in Europe, which saw her lead diversity Think Tanks, forums and support networks connecting leadership from across the globe.

Now, her current position with Moet Hennessy sees her spearheading category initiatives to further support the sustainable growth of champagne and premium spirits in Australia.