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Our Leadership

Cate Hardy

Cate Hardy

Chief Executive Officer

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Cate served on the board of The Wine Group for 4 years before joining as TWG’s CEO in 2020. Prior to joining TWG, Cate spent over a decade in leadership in the food and beverage and retail industries, including 5years as CEO of PCC Community Markets and 9 years in leadership roles with Starbucks Coffee Company. Her early career includes experience with McKinsey & Company and Deloitte.

TWG passion—the one thing

“I read about TWG’s culture and values when I first considered joining the board. Hearing how they are lived every day and seeing them authentically guide the company at the board level is a big reason why, four years later, I came to work at TWG.”

John Sutton

John Sutton

Chief Financial Officer

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John joined TWG as General Counsel in 2007 and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2015.

Prior to joining TWG, John was a practicing attorney and worked in The White House as Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff and to the Counselor to the President.

TWG passion—the one thing

“Working at TWG is like working with family. We’re hardworking, success-oriented, and loyal. It’s just a great place to come to work every day.”

Jeff Dubiel

Jeff Dubiel

Chief Marketing Officer

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Jeff has been with TWG for almost eight years and was named Chief Marketing Officer in 2012. Prior to joining TWG, Jeff worked at PepsiCo and E&J Gallo.

TWG passion—the one thing

“The environment at TWG is truly entrepreneurial and fast-paced. We are as nimble, innovative, and relentless as a start-up, with all of the benefits of being an established industry leader.”

Brott Ritzel

Brott Ritzel

Chief Operating Officer

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Brott joined TWG in 2007, holding various positions within the company before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2012. Prior to joining TWG, Brott worked for Albertsons and Walmart International.

TWG passion—the one thing

“We trust each other and we are open to new ideas. Although our view is long-term, we are willing to take a few calculated risks along the way.”

Jim Evans

Jim Evans

Chief Sales Officer

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Jim joined TWG in 2010 and was promoted to Chief Sales Officer in 2012. Jim has over 28 years’ experience in the wine and spirits industry. Prior to joining TWG, Jim worked at E&J Gallo and Pernod Ricard USA.

TWG passion—the one thing

“We treat each other the way we want to be treated—with respect and trust. Yes, we have great brands, but what truly makes TWG special is the people who make up TWG.”

Keith Bauman

Keith Bauman

Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer

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Keith joined The Wine Group in 2011. He was promoted to General Counsel in 2015 and to Executive Vice President in 2017. In 2019, he became the Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining TWG, he worked for almost a decade in Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital and Private Equity at three of the Top 30 law firms in the world – Cooley, Paul Hastings and Ropes & Gray. Before that Keith was a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York.

TWG passion—the one thing

“Above all else, Integrity. Whatever we do, we do with integrity and an appreciation for how it may impact those around us. ”

Amy Hoopes

Amy Hoopes

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

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Amy joined The Wine Group as the Chief Strategy and Growth Officer in 2021 bringing nearly 25 years’ experience in the wine industry. Prior to joining TWG, Amy held key innovation, planning, and strategy roles with E&J Gallo, and most recently as President of Wente Family Estates. She has also led several industry and humanitarian associations.

TWG passion—the one thing

TWG’s unwavering dedication to innovation. From the beginning, TWG has evolved through industry-changing ideas that have pushed the boundaries. It’s a place where creative thought and ingenuity thrive.

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