McLaren will report directly to President and CEO Patrick DeLong. Her role will encompass oversight of all financial and business service activities ensuring the highest level of quality in line with Crimson's luxury wine portfolio expectations.
"Shannon McLaren's broad financial, consumer product and wine industry background, coupled with her passion for the luxury wine industry, makes her an excellent fit," said DeLong. "We are very pleased to bring such a talented professional on board as Crimson enters its next phase of growth."
McLaren comes to Crimson from Wente Family Estates, where she spent four years as the Senior Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Wente, McLaren worked with the Clorox Company in Oakland, where she held positions in both Financial Planning and Analysis, as well as Corporate Accounting. She also worked at Altera Corporation in San Jose in Internal Audit. McLaren spent seven years with KPMG, which started in Sydney, Nova Scotia. There she obtained her Canadian Chartered Accountant designation and after being transferred to the Bay Area in 2004, she obtained her California CPA license.
"Working as a CFO for a luxury wine company has been my dream job since I moved to the Bay Area 10 years ago, allowing me to marry my passion for luxury wine with my career," said McLaren. McLaren developed an appreciation for the wine industry in her early 20s, learning about the process with home winemaking kits. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia.