MBA (Int Bus), L.LB, B.Ec and Grad Dip Fin Serv, FAICD, FFin , CPA
Group Chief Executive Officer
Chris Day was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of The FABAL Group Pty Ltd effective July 2012 but has been the CEO since 1990. Chris Day has also been a director and chief executive officer of Food And Beverage Australia Limited since 1982. His responsibilities include strategic management and business planning.
Until 2004, he was the chief executive officer of Berren Asset Management Limited, the manager of Australia's largest publicly-listed wine investment fund, the International Wine Investment Fund. He also worked for the Hardy Wine Company and Foster’s Wine Estates.
Chris has 25 years’ experience in the wine industry and a further seven years’ experience in the legal, accounting, tax and merchant banking industries. Chris is the chairman of the Business Development Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He is currently a director of eight public companies.
B App Sci (Viticulture), MBA
Chief Executive Officer (FABAL Operations)
Following an earlier incarnation as a Chiropractor, Ashley Keegan's career has moved into viticulture and agribusiness. From a family-based operation, Ashley went on to develop and oversee Bantry Bay Vineyard Estate, a large premium operation in Margaret River. He then moved to South Australia to take on the Chief Viticulturalist role for FABAL. In 2012, after 13 years with the company, Ashley took over as the Chief Executive Officer and is now responsible for the overall business, including both viticultural and horticultural operations.
FABAL is one of Australia’s largest privately owned vineyard/agricultural management groups. Ashley now oversees the management of in excess of 1600 hectares of vineyards, spread over 13 sites throughout the key grape growing regions across the country.
He is currently part of the Leadership Group of Wine Innovation Cluster (WIC), a member of the CSIRO Digital Agricultural Working Group and on the Executive Committee of the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA). Ashley is also a past board member of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia and a past participant of the Wine Federation of Australia’s Future Leaders.
B.Acc, B.Ec, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Liz Judd joined The FABAL Group in August 2018, bringing with her 23 years of experience in finance and accounting. As an economics graduate, she cut her teeth in syndicated finance before moving into leadership roles in financial accounting in the mining industry.
Liz’s key competencies include external reporting, continuous improvement and team management.
BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ag (Vit), Grad Dip Bus Admin
Chief Governance and Horticulture Officer and Company Secretary
Chris Dundon, has more than 30 years’ experience as a viticulturist in the wine industry throughout Australia and New Zealand, joining FABAL in September 2002. He previously worked with Beringer Blass Wine Estates and Southcorp Wines for more than 15 years. Chris was the Technical Manager of Netafim Australia and has experience in a range of horticultural crops.
Chris is the company secretary and is a member of the Audit, Business Development, Compliance and Governance and Risk Management Committees.
BBus (Commercial Law - In Progress)
Group Compliance Manager & Group Client Services Manager
Irene has more than 30 years of experience in financial industry client services management and business administration and eight years’ experience in the financial services compliance management arena relating to agribusiness in particular and corporations in general.
DipBusSt, BBgIntFin, BAcc, CPA (Aus)
Group Manager - Accounting & Chief Marketing Officer - China
Chi joined FABAL in 2007, and has 9 years of experience in the Australian wine industry and 2 years experience in the Education Import/Export industry.
He has been directly involved in the Chinese market development and operations. He is a member of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Group Manager - Tourism & Events
Amanda joined The FABAL Group in November 2018 after working at Treasury Wine Estates as Business and Tourism Development Manager for more than 20 years.
Amanda’s responsibilities with the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company will focus on agritourism, hospitality and functions.