Transformation Director

Kate will be speaking in Session 8. Solving problems with technology. Click here to see more.

Abstract

The world of wine is facing challenges like never before…. increasing production costs, climate change, a global pandemic, changing consumer behaviour, labour shortages and digitisation to name just a few.

The need to proactively reinvent ourselves is critical to remain relevant and competitive.

Technology is one of the levers we have to challenge the status-quo but to do this in isolation without putting our people at the heart of this change and challenging the way we work will only get us so far.

Our winery of the future puts data and our teams who use it at the heart of all we do – giving us the ability to make smarter, faster decisions to transform our operations, and ultimately make wine better.

Kate will share successes and learnings from Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ journey of transformation journey so far.

Biography

Kate is the Transformation Director for Pernod Ricard Winemakers where she focuses on delivering an ambitious plan to harness the advantages that the very latest technologies can bring to viticulture, winemaking and manufacturing.

Kate is passionate about driving true transformative change by engaging teams to design, adopt and evolve the way they work.

Kate has held various technical and leadership roles spanning more than 20 years in the wine industry. Before joining Pernod Ricard in 2006 Kate spent five years as part of the sensory team and the AWRI, worked vintages and travelled extensively throughout France, USA, Australia and NZ.  In recent years she has held various roles in R&D, innovation and operations and enjoys challenging the status-quo.