Presidential Council


Greg Hodson

Greg is Chief Technical Regulatory Liaison for the E. & J. Gallo Winery. He has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in food chemistry. After working as an analytical chemist in the dairy industry, he spent 12 years working with the UK government on technical aspects of food legislation. During this time, he conducted negotiations for the UK in the European Union, Codex Alimentarius, the United Nations and the OIV. Greg moved to Gallo in 1997 and has held a wide variety of positions in winery research management, regulatory affairs, and compliance. He is currently responsible for technical regulatory affairs issues in connection with trade in wine, both in the USA and internationally. He is Chair of the California Wine Institute’s Technical Advisory Committee and is a member of the US industry delegation to both the World Wine Trade Group and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Wine Regulatory Forum. He also administers the OIV Liaison activity on behalf of FIVS.


Ron Fondiller

Ron Fondiller serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Constellation Brands' Wine and Spirits Division. In this capacity, he and his legal team are responsible for a myriad of legal matters, including contracts, labour negotiations, trademarks, acquisitions and divestitures, and compliance with all application laws and regulations. Before joining Canandaigua Wine Company, Mr. Fondiller was general counsel for Prisma Group, a joint venture between Codorniu, SA of Spain and Campari, S.p.A. of Italy. Prior to that, he served as general counsel of Remy-Cointreau's U.S. and Asian operations. Mr. Fondiller serves as the co-chair of FIVS’ Working Group on Consumer Matters. He has an LLM in corporate law from New York University, an LLM in international law (summa cum laude) and a MA in law (magna cum laude) from Cambridge University. He also holds an AB in history from Princeton University.

Ignacio Sánchez Recarte

Dr. Ignacio Sánchez Recarte was appointed Secretary General of Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) in June 2015, after serving for four years as spiritsEUROPE's Director for Internal Market & Sustainability, where he monitored spirit drinks and food policy, market access and fiscal discrimination within the EU, environment issues and illicit trade practices. Prior to that position, Ignacio worked for the Spanish wine group Bodegas Chivite as the Director of Environment Affairs and Innovation, and before that for the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) where he was first the Head of the Viticulture Unit (2004-2007) and later the Head of the Economy and Law Unit (2007-2011). From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Sanchez Recarte was a researcher in the Food Technology Department of the Public University of Navarra. Ignacio holds both an Agronomic Engineer degree (Public University of Navarra) and a PhD in Engineering (University of Lleida). A Spanish citizen, Ignacio is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Frithjof Nicolaysen

Frithjof Nicolaysen is the Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Quality Control at Arcus-Gruppen and a Board Member of VBF, the Norwegian Trade Association for Wines and Spirits. He also served as the president of the European Federation of Wine & Spirits Importers and Distributors (EFWSID). Graduated from the University of Tromsø in 1977 with a degree in microbiology, he began his career as a research scientist and worked for the Norwegian Food Control Autority before joining the Norwegian State Monopoly of Wine and Spirits in 1983 as its Quality Director. Mr Nicolaysen joined the ArcusGruppen first as its Quality Director in 1995 and later as the chief buyer of wines and spirits. He was awarded "Le Mérite de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Vigne et du Vin" in 2008.


Michel-Laurent Pinat

Michel-Laurent Pinat is a senior consultant at Wine-Int ', a Member of AFED (Association Française des Eleveurs, Embouteilleurs et Distributeurs de Vins et Spiritueux) of which he is the legal secretary general. He received his MBA from Paris-Dauphine 1971 and studied law and economics at Paris IX-Nanterre University. Mr. Pinat served as Director General of the Groupe Compagnons Gourmets, specialists in wine and spirits from 1972 until 1983, at which time this group became a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard. Since that time, Mr. Pinat served as the wine specialist for that group serving first in Burgundy, then later in Paris as the purchasing manager for Languedoc, the Rhone and Loire Valleys and finally for Bordeaux where he was in charge of Cruse and Alexis Lichine's business until it merged with Castel in 1992. Affiliated with the Champagne House Alain Thienot, he was in charge of the Woltner Company in Bordeaux where he developed a large business in the United States focusing on the sale of vintage wines and Champagne under the Marie Stuart brand. That company was sold in 2003 to the Ballande Group.

Assistant Treasurer

Kurt Moore

Kurt Moore is the CEO of the South African Liquor Brandowners’ Association (SALBA), which represents the manufacturers and distributors of alcohol beverages in South Africa. Before this appointment, Mr. Moore was at Distell, Ltd. for 16 years. Mr. Moore has a legal background, receiving a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws before working as a Legal Advisor for Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery Ltd. He serves as the co-Chair of FIVS’ Working Group on Trade.


Bruno Kessler

Bruno Kessler is the President of the French Association for Bottlers and Distributors (AFED) and the Vice-President of the organisation of ANIVIN de France. He is also the founder of Oenovia and an associate with Inozy, two French companies that focus on the development of innovations. Mr Kessler spent his years working as chief buyer and chief winemaker for Grands Chais de France. As an oenologist, Bruno Kessler serves as an expert on oenological matters for the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV).

Assistant Secretary

John Barker

John Barker is head of the law firm John Barker Law and was formerly general counsel for New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation representing the interests of New Zealand’s grape and wine sector. He was president of the Law and Economy Commission of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). He also represents the New Zealand wine industry in the World Wine Trade Group and is co-chair of FIVS' Wine Category Committee. Mr Barker was admitted to the bar in 1993 and has practiced law in New Zealand and Australia in the fields of banking, intellectual property and wine law. He has worked for the New Zealand Food Safety Authority as Wine Programme Manager and has been a visiting lecturer in wine law at the University of Auckland. He holds a PhD in law and geography from the University of Auckland on the subject of wine regulation.

Emeritus Member

Joseph Lynch

Joe Lynch is a food and dairy scientist. He commenced his career at R. & J. Emmet & Co. in 1981 working in production, product development, and sales and marketing before becoming Managing Director in 1986. He led the company through its growth by acquisition and oversaw the listing of the company on the Dublin stock exchange in 1987. In 1991, he negotiated the sale of the business to R. & A. Bailey, a division of Diageo, before co-founding First Ireland Spirits Co. in 1994, where he now serves as Senior Director and consultant to the business. Mr Lynch has been involved with numerous trade associations and advisory bodies, serving as president of the Irish Exporters Association, chairman of the Irish Spirits Association, a member of the Irish Food Board's Brand Forum Steering Committee and as the current chair of the Irish Cream Liqueur Producers Association.