Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. announced that Russell G. Joy, who brings over 20 years of wine industry experience spanning finance and operations, becomes Chief Operating Officer effective Nov. 1, 2021, succeeding Jeff Nicholson, who will retire from the company effective Oct. 29, 2021. Joy has held key roles in the wine industry, most recently as General Manager of Napa Wine Company, where he managed the upgrading of its facility while leading a culture change. Previous to that role, he was Vice President of California Operations for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which had acquired Patz & Hall Wine Company, where Joy had held the position of CEO, President and General Manager for 11 years from the startup of the business. He joined the wine industry as controller for Allied Domecq Wines, then moved on to become Chief Financial Officer of Sebastiani Vineyards, Inc., and subsequently joined Viansa Winery as CFO and President. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Touche Ross & Co, now known as Deloitte.