Beam Suntory Names David Hunter SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Steve Fechheimer SVP, Chief Strategy Officer

Beam Suntory Names David Hunter SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Steve Fechheimer SVP, Chief Strategy Officer

Deerfield, IL, January 12, 2016 - Beam Suntory Inc. today announced the appointments of  David Hunter as Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Steve Fechheimer as Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer.  

Hunter, 51, most recently served as Vice President, Global Manufacturing, and will oversee the company’s global supply chain and manufacturing operations.  Fechheimer, 38, was most recently Beam Suntory’s Vice President – Strategy & Corporate Development, and will oversee corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and Information Technology.

“David Hunter is a talented, experienced and respected leader who has demonstrated exceptional ability to elevate our production operations, drive  a culture of excellence, and generate fuel to reinvest in the growth of our brands,” said Matt Shattock, Chairman & CEO of Beam Suntory. “Steve Fechheimer is a proven enterprise-wide leader who has been instrumental in the development of our strategic plan, our organic and external growth initiatives, and the large-scale Beam Suntory integration.  David, Steve and their teams will be key to continued execution of Beam Suntory’s growth strategy and the pursuit of our ambitious goals.”

Hunter joined the spirits industry in 1996 in the Scotch whisky business of Allied Domecq. He holds a Bachelor of Science, 1st Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow.    Hunter succeeds John Owen, who has made a personal decision to depart Beam Suntory in the second quarter of 2016. 

Prior to joining Beam Suntory in 2009, Fechheimer spent significant time in business consulting.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA at the University of Chicago.  Fechheimer’s role is a newly created position. 

With these promotions, Hunter and Fechheimer will both serve on the Beam Suntory Executive Leadership Team and report to Shattock.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

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, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  

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 Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

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