Kent Rose to Retire as General Counsel of Beam Suntory at End of 2017

Todd Bloomquist Named Successor

Kent Rose to Retire as General Counsel of Beam Suntory at End of 2017

Chicago, Illinois, February 21, 2017 – Beam Suntory has announced that Kent Rose, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer & Secretary, has made the personal decision to retire at year end after 30 years at the company. Effective January 1, 2018, Rose, 59, will be succeeded by Todd Bloomquist, 42, who currently serves as the company’s Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary.

“For the past three decades, Kent has been instrumental to the development of Beam Suntory, be it providing practical advice on commercial and brand building priorities, protecting our legal interests in a highly regulated and litigious environment, guiding critical risk management initiatives, advancing global compliance, overseeing complex transactional work, or developing a best-in-class legal function,” said Matt Shattock, chairman & CEO of Beam Suntory. “We are pleased we will continue to benefit from Kent’s experience and dedication through year end, and we are fortunate that he has built a deep bench of talent that will help ensure continuity.  To that end, we are pleased that Kent will be succeeded by Todd Bloomquist, a skilled attorney and strong leader who has built an excellent track record of success since joining us in 2011.”

Rose joined Fortune Brands, the predecessor company to Beam Suntory, in 1987 and assumed his current role in 2001. He previously worked for Chadbourne & Parke and Day, Berry & Howard, corporate law firms in the New York area.

Bloomquist joined Beam Suntory as Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary following 12 years at Winston & Strawn, where he was elected Partner in 2007.  He earned his J.D. with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, and he is a magna cum laude graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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, Hornitos and Sauza tequila, EFFEN and Pinnacle vodka, Sipsmith gin, 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 Chicago, 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.