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Dror Nativ leaves Sainsbury's for M&S

Published:  14 November, 2012

Sainsbury's is to lose another high profile member of its BWS team as Dror Nativ leaves to join Marks & Spencer.

Nativ will replace Andy Howard MW, in February 2013, who is retiring from M&S at the end of 2012 to travel and concentrate on his new wine consultancy business.

The past year has seen a lot of changes in the Sainsbury's wine team. Since last Christmas a number of high profile members of Sainsbury's BWS team have moved on: senior wine buyer Julian Dyer went to Australian Vintage; winemaker Clem Yates MW moved across to Off Piste Wines; buyer David Peek left to work with Copestick Murray and winemaker Lucy Clements left to go to a Californian wine business.

At the same time Sainsbury's has brought on board Mark Juggins (wine buyer) Emma Holland (winemaker), Alex Green USA buyer, and Kate Tucker as technical manager for new formats.

Nativ has experience in buying wine in the multiple grocery and independent wholesale trade, he was wine trading manager for SPAR UK as well as retail management experience in the off and on-trade as business development manager at Hayward Bros (Wines).

He has sourced wine from most major wine-producing countries and he recently embarked on the first year of his Master of Wine qualification.

Andrew Bird, head of trading for drinks and grocery, said: "I am delighted to welcome a wine buyer of Dror's calibre to Marks & Spencer. Dror's appointment is an important step in our plan to transform M&S into an international, multi-channel wine retailer. I would also like to thank Andy Howard MW for more than three decades of outstanding service with M&S and I am pleased to see the wine industry will continue to benefit from his experience."

M&S was awarded Innovator of the Year in the International Wine Challenge.