Beam Suntory Names Tim Hassett President, North America

Deerfield, Illinois, July 15, 2014 – Beam Suntory Inc., one of the world’s leading spirits companies, today announced that consumer products veteran Tim Hassett, 50, will join the company as President of its North America business effective July 31.

Beam Suntory Names Tim Hassett President, North America

Deerfield, Illinois, July 15, 2014 – Beam Suntory Inc., one of the world’s leading spirits companies, today announced that consumer products veteran Tim Hassett, 50, will join the company as President of its North America business effective July 31.

Hassett joins Beam Suntory from Campbell Soup Company, where he currently serves as President of the Away from Home Division and Chief Customer Officer, North America.  Hassett, who joined Campbell’s in 2004, previously served in key leadership roles including President of Sales for North America and General Manager of the Pepperidge Farm Bakery Division.  Prior to joining Campbell’s, Hassett served in commercial and sales roles of increasing responsibility in four years at Kellogg’s and 15 years at Procter & Gamble.  

“Tim is an exceptional consumer-oriented executive with a broad and unique background spanning sales, marketing, innovation and manufacturing,” said Matt Shattock, chairman and CEO of Beam Suntory.  “Tim’s impressive experience with similar route-to-market structures in commercial and sales leadership positions makes him a great fit to lead our North America business.  He is a passionate and energetic leader who has consistently inspired his teams, earned the confidence of customers, and delivered exceptional performance.”

Hassett will serve on the Beam Suntory Executive Leadership Team and report to Shattock.  He succeeds Bill Newlands, who previously indicated his intent to leave the company later this summer.  Hassett will work closely with Newlands in the coming weeks to help ensure a smooth leadership transition for the North America business.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales of approximately $4.6 billion excluding excise taxes.

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 entrepreneurial culture.  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 www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.