NAPA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--C. Mondavi & Family, one of Napa’s oldest wine companies, has announced today the appointment of Judd Wallenbrock as President and CEO effective June 19. Judd succeeds John Lennon, who has been interim CEO since November 2016. With this announcement, Judd will also join the Board of Directors as the 74-year-old family-owned wine company continues its five-year strategic plan to pursue significant growth.
Brothers and co-proprietors Marc Mondavi and Peter Mondavi Jr. said in a joint statement: “After a thorough search, the family and Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Judd to C. Mondavi & Family, both as CEO and as a member of our Board of Directors. Judd’s leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the success he has exhibited within 3-tier and consumer direct business models, both luxury and lifestyle wineries, will be great assets to C. Mondavi & Family. We look forward to working with Judd as we take our family-owned business to the next level and ensure our success for future generations.”
“I am excited to take my place as CEO in what is truly one of the great family-owned wine estates,” said Judd Wallenbrock. “I look forward to working closely with Marc, Peter and the fourth generation, as we build momentum for the company’s great wine brands while taking C. Mondavi & Family to new heights.”
“I welcome Judd to his new role and wish him every success. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support during the past seven months and look forward to seeing great growth for C. Mondavi & Family moving forward,” said John Lennon.
Judd brings more than 35 years of leadership and executive experience in the wine industry with well-known brands including De Loach Vineyards, Jessup Cellars, Michel-Schlumberger and Robert Mondavi, where he held several executive level positions including VP Global Brand Development and VP and General Manager of Robert Mondavi Coastal Winery. As founder of Brand-Aid Wine Consulting, Judd played a strategic role in the evolution of popular brands such as Chalk Hill Winery, Roshambo and Signorello Estate. He also founded and operated for over 15 years his own philanthropic label, Humanitas. Today Judd is active as a Board member for the Arts Council Napa Valley. Judd has a BS in Agri-Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird.
About C. Mondavi & Family
C. Mondavi & Family is a St. Helena based wine company founded in 1943 by Cesare and Rosa Mondavi. Owned and operated by co-proprietors, Marc Mondavi and Peter Mondavi Jr., along with their children, the C. Mondavi & Family portfolio includes Charles Krug Winery, CK Mondavi and Family, Purple Heart and Divining Rod. With the third and fourth generations at the helm, the family holds over 1,500 acres of Napa Valley and California vineyards. For more information visit www.cmondavifamily.com.