NAPA – The Hess Collection winery named Timothy Persson as chief executive officer following the departure of Gary Bulger, who had been president since 2009.
Mr. Persson, a member of the Hess family, is chairman of The Hess Collection board, and a managing director of Hess Family Estates, the global portfolio of wine brands.
“Gary Bulger’s record with The Hess Collection is truly remarkable, and one of long-standing dedication and loyalty,” Mr. Persson said. “I would like to thank Gary for his enormous contribution to Hess over nearly two decades.”
Mr. Bulger first joined Hess as a regional sales manager in 1995 and was promoted to national sales manager in 1999.
Founder Donald Hess retired in 2011 and named family members Mr. Persson and Christoph Ehrbar as Hess Family Estates managing directors.
Mr. Persson, who has been involved in developing a revitalized strategic direction for The Hess Collection, is moving to Napa. The winery focuses on wines from grapes grown in Napa County’s Mount Veeder appellation. The winery has been a leader in sustainable farming in Napa since the winery’s founding in 1978.
Hess Family Estates makes wine on four continents. Other brands include Artezin from California’s North Coast; Sequana, highlighting Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands of Central Coast; pinot noir–oriented MacPhail Family Wines from California and Oregon; Peter Lehmann wines from Australia’s Barossa Valley; Colomé and Amalaya from the Salta province of Argentina; and Glen Carlou from Paarl, South Africa.
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