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Former JP Morgan man Chris Hancock steps up as Wine Intelligence chairman

Published:  01 February, 2018

Market research consultancy Wine Intelligence has appointed chartered accountant Chris Hancock as its chairman.

Hancock, who has a 25-year long career in corporate finance behind him, will replace outgoing chairman David Scotland, following his retirement.

Currently chief financial officer and partner at financial services house Farm Street LLP, Hancock has spent many years in corporate finance roles in the City.

After graduating from the University of Oxford in 1990 with an MA in classics, he went on to work at financial institutions including Arthur Andersen and Barings.

He became director of corporate finance at JPMorgan Cazenove in 2007 before setting up his own consultancy, Cleaver Consulting, in 2009. Hancock is also non-executive director at premium bottled water producer Icelandic Water Holdings.

“We are excited that Chris is part of our team,” said Wine Intelligence CEO Lulie Halstead. “He has worked with us on and off for a number of years, chiefly on the corporate finance side, and brings a deep knowledge of business growth in an international context. I am looking forward to working with him on the next phase of the company’s development.”

Former Allied-Domecq European president Scotland stepped in as Wine Intelligence chairman in 2008 after a long career in the global drinks industry, with roles at John Harvey & Sons and Cinzano. He is a non-executive director at several FTSE-100 companies. He remains chairman of business coaching company Thomas Preston & Associates.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to David for his decade of service to Wine Intelligence,” added Halstead. “His thoughtful and timely advice has allowed us to grow the business into a global leader in market research for our category, and his expertise in people development has positively influenced a whole generation of Wine Intelligence staff. We will miss him greatly and of course wish him well.”