The Austrian Wine Marketing Board was founded in 1986 in the wake of the mid-decade wine scandal, and has been decisively instrumental in the meteoric development of the Austrian wine industry. Klinger, the sixth managing director, has been leading the AWMB since 2007. During his tenure, ‘Willi’ has tirelessly pursued a consistent strategy for improving quality, which has enabled Austrian wine to achieve an enviable reputation on the international level, booking new record export volumes year after year.
Johannes Schmuckenschlager, chairman of the AWMB’s supervisory board and president of the Austrian Viticultural Association, said he was sorry to learn of Klinger’s decision, but that he understands the reasoning behind it. He thanked Klinger for ‘his meritorious work in the service of Austrian wine’, which will be appropriately honoured at a later date, with additional thanks for the generous advance notice given to the supervisory board. ‘But now we are looking forward to another year of good work together for Austrian wine. We can conduct an unhurried search for a suitable successor over the course of the coming year’, said Schmuckenschlager.
Klinger assured the board of his undivided commitment as Managing Director until the last day in office. He adds: ‘It is clear to me that I will remain closely connected to Austrian wine, even after my time as AWMB head has come to an end’.
Austrian Wine Marketing Board
Ms. Sabine Bauer-Wolf
Division Manager Communication
Mr. Georg Schullian
Head of Department Press, PR & Corporate Design