Jackson Family Wines shakes up executive team

California’s Jackson Family Wines has announced a shake up of its executive team, marking a new generation in its leadership which has been “strengthened by female representation”.

Chairman and owner of Jackson Family Wines, Barbara Banke

Under chairman and owner Barbara Banke, the company has promoted second-generation owner, Katie Jackson, to senior vice president, corporate and social responsibility.

In 2016, Katie launched the company’s first Family Responsibility Report with comprehensive five-year goals outlining the Jackson family’s commitment to reduce its environmental footprint and enhance social equity. As senior vice president of corporate and social responsibility, Katie will continue to oversee the Sustainability Department and co-manage the Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Department.

Gayle Bartscherer has been appointed to the executive team as senior vice president, international marketing and development.

Bartscherer joined Jackson Family Wines in 2008 and held positions in brand marketing. In her new role, she will direct the company’s strategic growth across global markets, and will continue to head the international brand team and international marketing and business development for the entire Jackson Family Wines portfolio.

Viviann Stapp, who joined Jackson Family Wines in 2013 as vice president, legal counsel, has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel, and will manage and oversee day-to-day legal matters for Jackson Family Wines and the Jackson family’s vineyard related companies.

Kristen Reitzell has been promoted to vice president of public relations, and will lead day-to-day operations of the Public Relations Department and implement strategic planning and communications for all 40 Jackson Family Wines portfolio.

Finally, Jane Catelani Howard has joined the company as senior vice president of finance, and will oversee the company’s accounting, inventory and cost accounting, payroll and financial operations.

“I’m thrilled to see Katie, Gayle, Viviann, Kristen and Jane grow in their careers as they take on prominent and vital leadership roles to advance the company’s future success,” said Barbara Banke, chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines.

“Supporting strong women in their professional growth has never been more important, and I look forward to this talented group of women taking charge of new opportunities to grow quality at all levels of our business.”

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