A Note from Our CEO

"We're 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."

-- Matt Shattock, Chairman and CEO

Vision and Strategy

Our Vision: Crafting Spirits that Stir the World

Our Strategy: We seek to outperform our market with a strategy focused on our three simple strategic platforms of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth.

 

Our vision and strategy is underpinned by our Winning Competitive Edge – our people who operate day in and day out in a culture that embraces entrepreneurial thinking … encourages creative, innovative solutions … and emphasizes a collaborative mindset.

Leadership Team

  • Matt Shattock

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

  • Albert Baladi

    President, International

  • Tim Hassett

    President, Americas

  • Sho Semba

    SVP, Japan

  • Rebecca Messina

    Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

  • Paula Erickson

    SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Clarkson Hine

    SVP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs

  • David Hunter

    SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

  • Hiroshi Miyamori

    SVP, Advisor to the CEO

  • John Owen

    SVP, Chief Financial Officer

  • Kent Rose

    SVP, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary

David Hunter

SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

What is your leadership philosophy?

David: Effective leadership can come in many forms, but I believe success always depends on strong engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, careful listening, and clear communication of direction and priorities. These activities give the best chance of achieving alignment with a shared vision to inspire commitment and ownership of actions. However, leadership is only one role within a team -- collective strength of the team effort is what can drive extraordinary results.

What was your first job?

David: My first proper job was as a project engineer for ICI, which, at that time, was the largest chemical company in the UK. As a new graduate, I learned very quickly how little I really knew outside of my core Engineering discipline, and was very fortunate that the company had an excellent graduate development program, with training on leadership, team working, general management and business acumen as well as structured core professional development.

What do you like to do with your free time outside of work? Hobbies etc.

David: I like the outdoors. I’ve been a keen skier for many years, so I welcome the snow! In warmer months I enjoy mountain biking and walking. I also enjoy time socializing with family and friends.

What’s your Beam drink of choice?

David: That’s a hard one for someone who has had the privilege of working with the teams at all of our distilleries! I find that each of our brands tastes even better when savored with the team at the source distillery. Nothing beats Jim Beam Black with ginger ale at the Knob Creek house or sipping a 10yr. Laphroaig on the beach at the distillery.

If you could have drinks with any person (living or dead) who would you choose?

David: Ernest Shackleton. As an explorer he would have some amazing stories to tell and none more so than the account of his epic 1914 attempt to cross the Antarctic over land. His courage to embark on such an ambitious expedition, then his determination and leadership in the face of failure and overwhelming odds to get every single one of his men back safely is truly inspiring.


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