President, Union des Maisons de Champagne (UMC), France
Jean-Marie Barillère studied agricultural engineering at the prestigious school of Agro Paris, followed by a specialization in oenology in Montpellier. He started his career as a researcher at the INRA in Narbonne. At the age of 28, he became Director of the experimental station of Pech Rouge, before joining the Champagne region. He became director of Mumm and Perrier-Jouët vineyards, and was appointed in 1999 as Chairman and CEO of both these Champagne estates. He joined Moët Hennessy in 2006 as Director of the Champagne activities. At the same time, he was elected Vice President of the Union des Maisons de Champagne, and later President in March 2013. Mr. Barillère was appointed President of the Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) in 2013 and of the Comité National des Interprofessions de Vins à Appellations d’Origine (CNIV) in 2014.