db Awards winners revealed22nd May, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt
Man of the Year
Winner: Jay Wright
One of our youngest ever men of the year in the awards 10 year history, Virgin Wines managing director has only just turned 42. Despite his young age, Wright’s experience is immense, having set up two new wine operations – World Wines Direct and Warehouse Wines, before becoming MD of Virgin Wines and Avery’s of Bristol in June 2008.
In the last year specifically, Wright has overseen a rise in profitability and performance at Virgin Wines, as well as driving record levels of staff training at the mail order business, with 44 employees holding WSET certificates and a further 26 studying towards them.
He has also relaunched the WineBank loyalty scheme and unveiled the London Wine Awards – where the public is the judge – and the Virgin wines Virtual Winery, allowing 700 consumers to influence the production of a wine.
Described by the judges as spearheading change at the retailer and someone who’s happy to pack boxes with his staff as well as manage the tem of 145 employees, he was declared a worthy recipient of this year’s Man of the Year.