Andrew Carter to succeed Frazer Thompson as Chapel Down CEO

By Andrew Pentol |

Chase Distillery Managing Director Andrew Carter will join English winemaker Chapel Down in September.

Chase Distillery Managing Director Andrew Carter is to succeed Frazer Thompson as CEO of Chapel Down Wines, effective 13 September.

In the interim, Carter will manage the final stages of Chase’s integration with Diageo which was first announced in 2020.

On joining Chapel Down in September, he will work with Thompson to ensure ‘a seamless handover of office’.

Carter, who confirmed to TRBusiness that a new Managing Director will not be appointed once Diageo’s acquisition of Chase is complete commented: “I am delighted to be joining at such an exciting time. Chapel Down is the leading English winemaker and I look forward to further building the business and team to deliver the next stage of transformational company growth for our customers and shareholders.”

He added: “Frazer has been an extraordinary pioneer of the English winemaking industry and I will work closely with him and the Chapel Down management team to ensure a seamless transition.”


Thompson said: “After 20 years, with the company in good shape after the pandemic, and with a really exciting period of growth ahead, I have decided that now is an ideal time for me to step aside as CEO and for the company to introduce some fresh energy and leadership to the business.

Click the below video for an interview with Andrew Carter, who took part in this publication’s Adapt & Survive video series last year.

“I am delighted that Andrew has joined us. He brings a wealth of drinks experience and has the talent and energy to lead a fantastic team to new heights. I love this business and brand and I will remain both as a substantial shareholder and advisor.

“It has been a remarkable journey and a privilege to have had the opportunity to change the way the world thinks about English wine. We have built a fantastic team and an exciting brand with great growth prospects. I truly believe that the journey has just got more exciting.”

Carter will manage the final stages of Chase’s integration with Diageo before joining Chapel Down next month.

Martin Glenn, Chairman of Chapel Down Group remarked: “Frazer has decided to retire after 20 years of building Chapel Down into England’s biggest wine business and has helped put English wine on the map. It is difficult to overstate his impact and leadership. He leaves with the great gratitude of the Chapel Down Board.

“We are fortunate to be able to announce the hiring of another high calibre executive, Andrew Carter, who has a great track record in building wines and spirits businesses and who can drive further growth at Chapel Down for the benefit of customers and shareholders alike.”


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