Published: 09:21, 17 September 2021
| Updated: 09:25, 17 September 2021
Frazer Thompson, the boss of one of the county's most successful wine producers, has confirmed he is retiring.
The out-going chief said: "It has taken 20 years to build it to where it is now and has given me the best years of my life. It has been a thrilling rollercoaster journey. We are England’s leading wine producer and have been pioneers in the development of the industry. But now, after two decades at the helm, I have decided it’s time to retire and enjoy Chapel Down from the comfort of home."
Andrew Carter has been named as his replacement as chief executive.
He has more than 25 years experience in the global drinks industry; most recently as managing directory of Chase Distillery Ltd for four year, guiding the growth of the vodka and gin business across 30 markets worldwide, culminating in its sale in February of this year.
He has also held senior leadership roles at the likes of Bacardi, Treasury Wine Estates and Bulmers across multiple international markets.
He says: "Naturally I am very excited to be joining Chapel Down at such an exciting time for the company and for English wine. I am looking forward to working with the team, our customers and shareholders to further build and develop this great business”
Adds Frazer Thompson: "Andrew has the passion, energy and experience to take this business to a new level."
Earlier this year the company sold off its Curious beer and cider range, based in Ashford.