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

Tim Hassett

President, Americas

What is your leadership philosophy?

Tim: Well, that's a tough question to answer in a pithy way. I'll answer it this way: I believe my leadership mission is to "ignite the fire" that enables members of my team to discover their inner greatness and realize their full potential — and thus the full potential of the business. I think the No. 1 job of any leader is to galvanize his or her teams around a clear, exciting vision of the future. I subscribe to the Albert Einstein notion that imagination is even more important than knowledge.

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

Tim: Technically my first job, at age 12, was a paperboy. And I learned at an early age that many people rely upon you to show up and do your job well. Professionally, I spent the first 15 years of my career with Procter and Gamble. The key takeaway there was the value of rich consumer insights. Solutions are much more likely to succeed when rooted in quality insights.

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

Tim: Like most people, time with my family comes first. With that said, I like a good physical challenge and have done a number of marathons, triathlons and even a Tough Mudder, which was a ton of fun.

If you could have a cocktail with one person, living or dead, who would it be? And, perhaps more importantly, what would you drink?

Tim: Ronald Reagan, who restored patriotism in the United States. I'd drink Makers 46, my favorite. I'd let him drink anything he wanted…from our portfolio, of course.

How do you Unleash your Spirit?

Tim: I've said it time and time again - I wish I had joined this Company and Industry sooner!
I genuinely believe that between our entrepreneurial/performance-based culture, industry dynamics and massive opportunity ahead....and of course our AMAZING people - there is no better place to be than right here, right now !! With that said - the best part of what I get to do is be part of this team - working with world-class personalities, in and out of this building, to be part of something so much bigger. As Matt Shattock says so accurately and humbly, we are but mere custodians of these amazing brands that were built up by legendary families within the industry. To be part of that history is a profound responsibility that drives me and my team everyday!!
Finally - this industry is a blast! Who else gets to party with 50 Cent at Drais in Vegas? Have a drink with Fred and Mila on Fred's porch in KY? Enjoy a cigar & Laphroaig on the shores of Islay? Celebrate a good year with my friend Windy in Tokyo over a Hibiki 30yr old?
And these are just a few experiences in this past year...and I look forward to many, many more with all of you......

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