NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) — John Sellar will take the lead as the new President of Frederick Wildman and Sons, ltd., announced Corrado Casoli, Wildman’s Chairman of the Board. Previously, Sellar was Vice President in charge of Wildman’s Wholesale Division.
“We are excited about John’s appointment as leader of Wildman”, said Corrado Casoli. “The Board of directors, made up of Gruppo Italiano Vini and the group of French Shareholders, has total confidence in the new management structure that has been set forth,” continued Casoli.
Commented Pascal Jolivet on behalf of the French shareholders, Olivier Leflaive Frères, Famille Hugel, P. Jaboulet Aîné, Château Fuissé and Pol Roger, “We are thrilled with John’s appointment to President of Frederick Wildman and Sons. John has been successful in all of his many responsibilities at the company and is very close to the market. He is, without doubt, the right person to lead the company now”.
A Colgate University graduate, John worked in many of New York’s great restaurants and was further exposed to fine wine when he enrolled in Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine School. While attending film school, John managed a wine shop in Manhattan’s lower east side and continued his wine education receiving his diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. In 1997 he joined Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd. as a sales representative.
John resides in Rye, New York with his wife Virginie Baur and their two sons, Toma and Nicolas.
In addition to John’s appointment, Bill Seawright, Vice-President Northern Division Manager, will now manage the 30-person strong US sales force as VP, National Sales Manager. Bill joined Wildman over a decade ago and his successes and efforts, organizational skills and drive have been influential in the overall growth and development of Frederick Wildman & Sons. Benjamin Kirschner, will replace John Sellar as the new Director of Sales for the Wholesale Division in NYC and NJ.
Current Vice Presidents, Martin Sinkoff (Marketing), Jim DiCicco (Finance), Kevin Murphy (Operations), and Greg Taylor (wholesale upstate NY), remain in the roles and with their teams in place, continue to contribute to the overall success of the company.
“I look forward to working closely with the new management structure of Frederick Wildman and Sons”, said Marco Gobbi, current CEO of Wildman. “With this new organization, the company is clearly poised for future growth.”
John Sellar added, “I am honored and privileged to represent all of our domestic and international partners, and look forward to working closely with our national distributors. With the continued efforts of our great team we will remain the dynamic industry leader we pride ourselves to be and will reach new heights.”
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