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Beam Suntory Replace Senior VP

Beam Suntory has appointed Vince Ambrosino to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Technology Officer. Ambrosino currently serves as Executive Officer & Division COO of the Global Business Development Department at Suntory Holdings, the parent company of Beam Suntory.

Prior to joining Suntory Holdings in 2015, Ambrosino spent two years at Beam Suntory, leading the Global Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasury functions before serving as Interim CFO. He previously served in finance positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo.

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“We’re pleased to welcome Vince back to Beam Suntory in this expanded role in which he will be responsible for building and leading our long-term strategic growth and technology agenda,” said Matt Shattock, chairman & CEO of Beam Suntory.

In his new role, which is effective January 1, Ambrosino will join the Beam Suntory Executive Leadership Team and report to Shattock. Ambrosino is a graduate of the University of Illinois and earned a Master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He and his family will relocate to Chicago from Tokyo.

As the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world-renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, and Midori liqueur.

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Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese Whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.

According to CEO Matt Shattock: “We (Beam Suntory) are driving momentum for our business with a strategy focused on three simple platforms: Creating Famous Brands…Building Winning Markets…and Fueling Our Growth. We see a bright and prosperous future as a global leader in the dynamic spirits industry.”

According to the Beam Suntory website, former group Chief Operating Officer Albert Baladi joined Beam Suntory in March 2011 as President, EMEA and became President of the International region, combining EMEA and Asia Pacific markets, in 2015.

A proven business leader with a highly diverse background encompassing nearly 25 years international business, operations, brand, and marketing experience for several public world-renowned consumer companies. Prior to joining Beam, Baladi served as Managing Director, South Pacific, for Yum! Restaurants International in Sydney, Australia. In this position, he led their $1.5 billion retail sales business across more than 1,000 KFC and Pizza Hut locations in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this position, he served in 2007 as Chief Operations and Development Officer in Dallas, Texas.

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Prior to joining Yum!, Baladi worked in the beverage industry for PepsiCo International from 1994 – 2007 in various marketing and general manager roles with increasing responsibility. His final position with PepsiCo from 2004 – 2007 was General Manager, Pepsi-Lipton International, with operations in over 30 countries. From 1987 – 1993, Baladi worked for Procter & Gamble in a variety of marketing and brand management positions, based in Switzerland and France.

Baladi holds a preparatory degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Lausanne and received his business degree from HEC Lausanne, both located in Switzerland. He, his wife, Rana, and two children reside in Madrid, Spain.

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Written by James Connolly

James Connolly is an established freelance writer from the UK. Having worked for a variety of titles across the globe, his work touches upon travel, food, politics, and more, reflecting a deep-seated curiosity towards people, places, and their respective cultures.

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