24 March, 2019

the drinks association board welcomes three new directors

the drinks association board welcomes three new directors

There were three new faces around the table at the drinks association board meeting on May 23: Michelle Pelizzari, Lion Customer Director; Paul Esposito, CEO of ILG; and Bradley Knox, National Sales Manager of the island2island Beverage Company.

The trio were warmly welcomed as Directors by Chairman Ralph Dunning.

Pelizzari has extensive liquor industry experience, including holding various leadership positions in account management and field sales during her 12 years at Lion. She previously spent 13 years working across the retail, sales and marketing divisions of Coles Liquor.

"I think being appointed to the drinks association Board will definitely go down as one of my career highlights," Pelizzari noted.    

Esposito has been in the liquor and FMCG Industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining ILG earlier this year as Chief Executive Officer, Paul spent 14 years with Coopers Premium Beverages.

Knox has more than 20 years’ experience in the liquor industry, having previously worked as Sales Director for Bacardi Lion.

"It's wonderful to see three new Directors join the Board," said the drinks association CEO Sandra Przibilla. "It's an exciting time for the association - we are moving forward with a wide range of new services and diversity and inclusion initiatives. I know Michelle, Paul and Brad will make important contributions to the association as it continues to strengthen the Australian drinks industry."

New Deputy Chair for drinks association board

Following the drinks association’s May 23 board meeting, the following changes to the board were announced:

Shane Richardson is now the Deputy Chair, replacing Neil Grant who still remains as an Executive Director. Prior to joining Coca-Cola Amatil as Managing Director, Alcohol and Coffee, Shane was the Managing Director of Campari Australia. He has also held a number of senior management roles within the Fosters business.

Michael Ritoli is now an Executive Director. He has spent many years in the industry at CUB and CCA. Michael is General Manager Sales at Asahi Premium Beverages and has been in this role since 2012.

It was also announced Mark Powell would step down as a sitting director and Executive Director. the drinks association wishes to thank him for his many contributions during the six years he has been in the role.

Mark, who has been the National Sales Director for Lion Beer Australia since 2011, will move to being an Alternate Director of the drinks association board. 

“Mark’s support and assistance was invaluable during in the board’s transition from an operational board to a strategic board, leading the association into the future,” said the drinks association CEO Sandra Przibilla. “I would like to extend a huge thank you to him for all his hard work over the years.”