Directors & Management

Mr. Dean Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Originally an architect, Dean established Wine Ark in 2000 a climate-controlled storage business managing over $200m of wine around the country.

In 2003 he launched Wine Exchange an online wine trading platform and TheCellar Club an ultra premium wine club, which were acquired by Cellarmasters in 2009.

In 2010 he founded Cracka Wines a direct-to-consumer marketplace that became one of Australia’s top 50 online retailers. Catering for niche market segments, he also launched Winegrowers Direct and My Wine Guy, before merging those businesses with The Wine Society to form The Wine Collective.

Not one to sit on his laurels, he’s now running Wine Depot, a B2B wine trading & logistics platform acquired by DW8 in April 2019.

Named in 50 Stars of Wine and Top 50 People in Ecommerce, he’s highly regarded within the wine and online retail communities. His ventures have all been disruptive with a strong technology focus, putting him in an ideal position to lead DW8.

Mr. Piers Lewis

Non Executive Chairman

Mr Lewis is a wine enthusiast that has 20 years “hands on” experience in M&A, corporate governance and financial management of various corporations in Australia, Europe and Asia.

Mr Lewis has worked in management and senior roles for multinational financial institutions across Europe, the USA and Asia including Credit Suisse, ABN Amro, Royal Bank of Scotland and the National Australia Bank.

IIn 2011, Mr Lewis founded SmallCap Corporate. A corporate advisory services company based in Subiaco. Today SmallCap Corporate provides corporate advisory services for more than a dozen ASX listed and public unlisted clients. Mr Lewis is a member of the institute of charted accountants of Australia, a member of the corporate governance institute and holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Mr Sam Atkins

Non Executive Director

Mr Sam Atkins holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Adelaide and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Mr Atkins brings extensive wine industry experience to the position.Mr Atkins has held the roles of general manager of trading and general manager of Xanadu Adelaide Hills and was managing director and CEO of Brand New Vintage Ltd. He also held senior sales, marketing and business development roles within the international division of BRL Hardy Ltd. Mr Atkins maintains a shareholding in the boutique private wine company, Fox Gordon Pty Ltd.

Mr. Mike Edwards

Non Executive Director

Mike is a Company Director and Corporate Advisor with over 20 years experience in Senior Management in both the private and public sector.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) from Curtin University, a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of WA and is a qualified Winemaker having completed a Graduate Diploma in Oenolgy from The University of Adelaide.

Mike has worked as a Winemaker for various internationally renowned wineries such as Devils Lair (Margaret River), Voyager Estate (Margaret River) and Franciscan Estate (Napa Valley). Mike also owned and ran his own family wine business in Margaret River, Edwards Wines.

For the past 10 years, Mike has been working as a Company Director and Corporate Advisor and currently holds Non-Executive Director roles at De.Mem Ltd (ASX:DEM), Norwood Systems (ASX:NOR) and Serpentine Technologies (ASX:SP3). Mike is also an Authorised Representative at Alto Capital.

Mr. Arron Canicais

Company Secretary & CFO

Mr Canicais is a corporate advisory executive of SmallCap Corporate Pty Ltd, which specialises in corporate advice and compliance administration to public companies. Mr Canicais has been involved in financial reporting and corporate compliance for over 12 years. Mr Canicais is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Governance Institute of Australia. Mr Canicais is currently also Company Secretary for the following ASX listed entities: Cycliq Group Limited, Entek Energy Limited, Lion Energy Limited and various unlisted entities. Mr Canicais is currently also the CFO for half a dozen various ASX listed and unlisted entities.

Mr. Davide Defendi

Chief Technology Officer

Davide is a leader and entrepreneur, experienced in advancing companies from inception through to sale, across several industries.

Originally a certified software engineer it wasn’t long before Davide was looking to disrupt traditional business through innovative technology. From a start-up perspective Davide has been involved with/founded two digital agencies, a technology recycling & service business, an instant messaging business similar to WhatsApp with user growth of more than 15 million users and an IOT based enterprise.

He’s sold technology to and served on the board of both public ASX listed and private companies. He has a proven ability to manage all aspects of business; including negotiating multi-million dollar customer contracts; leading dynamic, multi-functional teams and organisations; and executing innovative strategies to create and deliver value.

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