Karen Maley Is New GM, Robert Young Estate

Karen Maley has been named General Manager, Robert Young Estate Winery. “We are delighted to welcome Ms. Maley to the winery and look forward to her contributions to our future growth,” said Jim Young, CEO, Robert Young. “Ms. Maley’s leadership, marketing and general management experience are an ideal combination to continue to build  upon recent investments and focus in hospitality and winemaking,” Young added.

“I am honored to join the Young family in the evolution of this historic premium estate winery,” Maley said. “With Karen’s professional experience and strong ties to the Sonoma County community, she was a natural choice to lead our business, ” stated Fred Young, founder of Robert Young Estate Winery.

The hiring of Ms. Maley was the result of the Young family’s work with wine industry executive search company The Cypress Group.

Most recently the General Manager at Electric Sky Wine, an innovation arm of Anheuser Busch, Karen Maley has also held key leadership roles at StackTeck Wines and Kruger W&S. She was a founding partner at Stryker Sonoma Winery in Alexander Valley and worked as a Senior Director of Marketing at Gallo Winery with both U.S. and international responsibilities. Karen began her career at Proctor and Gamble.  She graduated from the University of Toronto with an honor’s degree in Economics and went on to receive an MBA from the York University, also in Toronto. Maley has been a Board member of Sonoma County Vintners Association and the Alexander Valley Association. She lives in Healdsburg with her two children.

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