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UK boss Schaafsma to take over as Accolade chief executive

Published:  28 September, 2015

Accolade Wines has appointed Paul Schaafsma, its general manager for the UK and Ireland, as its group chief executive officer.

He replaces one-time Oddbins boss John Ratcliffe who will remain with the company as deputy chairman and continue to advise on strategic development.

Accolade is one of the world's largest wine businesses with sales of A$1 billion in 143 countries and brands including Hardys and Kumala.

It recently bought Anakena in Chile to give it pan-New World wine coverage.

Prior to taking his current post three years ago Schaafsma was UK general manager of McGuigan supplier Australian Vintage.

Schaafsma takes up his new post on October 1.