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Beck Family Estates has appointed David Burford as CEO to lead its wine portfolio of Graham Beck, Steenberg Vineyards and Capensis.
Adept at creating success-driven environments, Burford took over at the beginning of July 2022 as CEO from Chris du Toit, who will remain on the Beck Family Estates Board.
The business is in exceptional good standing with a profitable Cap Classique sparkling wine and premium still wine portfolio and is well-positioned to explore new markets and grow its global footprint.
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Burford joins Beck Family Estates from the Dutch multinational Heineken and brings a wealth of experience in adjacent categories within the drinks sector. This, together with the experienced teams already in place, stands him in good stead to navigate the business into the next stage of growth and development.
“I am both humbled and honoured about the opportunity to lead Beck Family Estates. The business has a wealth of talent and experience in its people and the leadership team has made smart choices to get it to where it is today. With this solid base of people, business and portfolio, we are in great shape to premiumise and expand even further,” says Burford, who thrives in results-driven environments.
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Burford has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University and has garnered extensive local and international experience, having held senior management positions at Heineken, Brandhouse, Novartis, and the North American multinational Molson Coors Beverage Company.
“I’m seriously excited about Dave joining our family wine company, now approaching its 40th anniversary. He has great energy and leadership skills,” says Antony Beck, who chairs the Beck family business. – Press release, Beck Family Estates