Cakebread Cellars Appoints New Chief Financial Officer, Michael W. Thomas

Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries, appoints Michael W. Thomas as Chief Financial Officer. In this new role, Michael will apply his vast experience to enhance wholesale, retail, production and distribution to continue to grow the established, family-owned winery.


Michael shares his excitement, “I am thrilled to bring my experience with family-owned wineries and passion for wine to an organization with such a deep-rooted history in Napa. Cakebread is an iconic family winery with over 50 years in Napa Valley, and I can’t wait to build on everything that they’ve achieved for a successful future.”

Cakebread Cellars Welcomes Michael W. Thomas as New CFO

Michael joins Cakebread Cellars with years of experience leading financial departments at family-owned wineries including most recently at Foley Family Wines and Rutherford Wine Company. A seasoned financial professional, Thomas previously held senior management roles at several wine and CPG brands including E.J. Gallo, KRAVE Pure Foods, and SMASHMALLOW. Through these roles, Michael strategically led cross-functional teams in sales, marketing, and production, working on new product innovations, budget revamping, SKU rationalization and market strategy.


Thomas earned an MBA with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing from University of California Davis, Graduate School of Management, and has pursued wine education to complement his business acumen. He holds a Level 4 Diploma in Global Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is currently pursuing a degree in Enology from Las Positas College School of Viticulture & Enology.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Michael to the Cakebread Family. His successful experience working with family-owned wineries and passion for our industry makes him a fantastic addition to the Cakebread Cellars team,” shares Mike Jaeger, winery President & CEO. “As we celebrate a landmark of 50 years in business, hiring Michael strongly positions us to continue to deliver the quality wines Cakebread Cellars is known for.


Today, July 12, 2023, marks Michael’s first day with Cakebread Cellars. To learn more about Cakebread Cellars and the team, visit