The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Accolade Wines appoints GM North America

MJ Loza is Accolade Wines’ new GM for North America.

MJ Loza is Accolade Wines’ new GM for North America.

Accolade Wines has appointed MJ Loza, currently head of its New Zealand operations, as its new General Manager for North America.

Accolade Wines is a global wine company with some of the world’s best-known brands including Australian brands Hardys, Houghton and Banrock Station, New Zealand’s Mud House and Waipara Hills and Kumala and Flagstone Wines from South Africa. The company is known as the world’s leading supplier of New World premium commercial and value wines.

Loza’s appointment supports Accolade Wines’ strategic goal to maximise New Zealand brand growth opportunities in the North American market. Loza was the CEO of the Blenheim based Mud House Wine Group, at the time it was acquired by Accolade Wines in 2014 and for the past year has been the General Manager for Accolade Wines’ New Zealand operation.

Prior to joining Accolade Wines, Loza worked in the wine industry as General Manager at Seresin Estate, a boutique, biodynamic winery in Marlborough, following a career in management and export marketing with Fonterra and as CEO of Deer Industry New Zealand.

In his new role Loza will join the Executive Committee of Accolade Wines and will report directly to Chief Executive Officer, John Ratcliffe. He will officially commence his new role on July 1, 2015.

Loza’s role is not being replaced, with responsibilities being shared across the leadership team and a new role of supply chain manager created.