Naked Wines welcomes Deirdre Runnette and Melanie Allen to its Board as Independent Directors

– UK, Norwich –  Naked Wines PLC (LON: WINE) today announced the appointments of Deirdre Runnette and Melanie Allen to its Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors, with immediate effect.

They will each become join the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees and Deirdre will become Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 31 July 2022.

“I would like to welcome Deirdre and Melanie to the Naked board as we continue to look toward capturing a $25 billion global total addressable market. Their unique experiences will bring additional strategic breadth to a company that has a tremendous offering for winemakers and for consumers, and is poised for growth.” said Board Chairman, Darryl Rawlings.

About Deirdre Runnette

Deirdre Runnette pursued a successful career as a corporate lawyer before joining zulily, a fast-growing ecommerce company, in 2012 as its General Counsel, also taking on leadership roles covering compliance, tax and HR. In 2019, Deirdre joined Flexe, Inc., a late-stage venture capital-backed tech company, as General Counsel and CPO. Deirdre will bring to Naked balanced experience scaling a business, as well as valuable insight into the US legal and compliance landscape.

About Melanie Allen

Melanie Allen is an experienced marketing leader who spent 13 years at Proctor & Gamble before moving to Starbucks, where she undertook multiple marketing leadership roles. For the last 5 years, Melanie has been CMO at Brooks Running, where she has helped the business reposition to a consumer-centric business model. Melanie will bring skills in brand marketing, as well as marketing and scaling a DTC business in the US market.

About Naked Wines plc

Naked Wines connects everyday wine drinkers with the world’s best independent winemakers.

Why? Because we think it’s a better deal for everyone. Talented winemakers get the support, funding and freedom they need to make the best wine they’ve ever made. The wine drinkers who support them get much better wine at much better prices than traditional retail.

It’s a unique business model. Naked Wines customers commit to a fixed prepayment each month which goes towards their next purchase. Naked in turn funds the production costs for winemakers, generating savings that are passed back to its customers. It creates a virtuous circle that benefits both wine drinker and winemaker.

Our mission is to change the way the whole wine industry works for the better. In the last year, we have served more than 960,000 Angel members in the US, UK and Australia, making us a leading player in the fast-growing direct-to-consumer wine market.

Our customers (who we call Angels) have direct access to 266 of the world’s best independent winemakers making over 2,500 quality wines in 20 different countries. We collaborate with some of the world’s best independent winemakers like Matt Parish (Beringer, Stags’ Leap) and 8-time Winemaker of the Year Daryl Groom (Penfolds Grange).

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