Joelle Thomson

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New head for top Kiwi company

Wellingtonian Andrew Parkinson will take over as managing director of one of New Zealand’s biggest wine import and distribution companies this year, Negociants NZ. He will officially step into the shoes of managing director on 28 May 2021 when Clive Weston steps down after thirty years with the company, which includes Nautilus Wines of Marlborough in its portfolio.

The news has a domino effect with Dean McHenry taking over from Parkinson as general manager of Negociants New Zealand (domestic) and a new appointment, yet to be made, of a national sales manager, to take over from McHenry.

Clive Weston praised the people he has worked with at Negociants over the past 30 years. “Working with such a fine group of talented, enthusiastic, wine wise people, past and present, has been a great honour; we have a good number of long serving individuals in the team, as well as some who have made Negociants their workplace of choice in more recent years but the blend works well.”

Andrew Parkinson says he met Clive Weston in the lobby of the Regent Hotel in 1988 and has since counted him as a leader and innovator in the New Zealand wine and hospitality industries. “His influence will be long felt in our business and I am assured that sage advice and a glass of Nautilus Pinot Noir is never far away if needed.”