Simon Spillane appointed Chair of the Worldwide Brewing Alliance
The Worldwide Brewing Alliance (WBA) is pleased to announce that Simon Spillane has been appointed as its new Chair.
Mr Spillane holds the position of Public Affairs Director at The Brewers of Europe, the trade association set up in 1958 to promote and defend the interests of beer and the 6500 plus breweries now operating in Europe. “I am excited to be taking up the role of Chair of the Worldwide Brewing Alliance. With high standards set by my predecessors I look forward to ushering in the next phase of the WBA and to working with my trade association and brewer colleagues from around the world to deliver even greater impact, exchanging best practices on the issues critical to brewers across the globe,” said Mr. Spillane.
He replaces Ms. Denita Wawn, outgoing CEO of the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand and chair of the WBA since 2014.
The WBA is grateful to Ms. Wawn for her distinguished service to the WBA over the last four years, in particular during her time as Chair of the Alliance, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.
Additionally, longtime WBA Secretariat Janet Witheridge has retired. The WBA thanks Janet for her tremendous service to the WBA and to the British Beer and Pub Association prior to that. Janet is succeeded in the Secretariat position by Liz Tobin, formally of the Beer Institute.
Note to editor on the WBA:
The WBA was established in 2003 with the objective of disseminating and exchanging good practices and information on responsible consumption, environmental sustainability, product integrity and the impact of beer on society. It is comprised of ten brewing trade associations from around the world, representing eighty-eight percent of global beer production.