"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
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.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer & President-North America
Marc andre tousignant
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
SVP, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer
SVP, General Counsel and Secretary
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
SVP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
SVP, Advisor to the CEO
Paula Erickson was promoted in 2014 to Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Beam Suntory Inc., the world’s third-largest premium spirits company that encompasses some of the industry’s most iconic brands, more than 20 production and commercial facilities around the world, and a global team of 4,400 employees. Reporting directly to Chairman and CEO Matt Shattock, Erickson is a member of the executive leadership team and responsible for the company’s talent strategy, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, culture, diversity and inclusion, learning capability and organizational development to drive growth in all areas of the business.
Prior to her executive leadership appointment, Erickson served as Vice President of Global Communications and Public Relations (2009 – 2013) and Vice President of External Communications (2008). In her time at Beam Suntory, Erickson has been responsible for the company’s global human resources, internal and external communications, public relations, corporate social responsibility and media relations. Most recently, Erickson has led the people and culture integration of the business following Beam’s acquisition by Suntory Holdings.
Erickson has more than two decades of consumer and business-to-business marketing experience in both the retail and consumer packaged goods sectors. Erickson joined Beam Suntory following 17 years at Ace Hardware Corporation, a $4 billion international company with 5,000 retailers in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. At Ace, she held various positions with increasing responsibility in corporate communications, public relations and consumer marketing. From 2006 to 2008, Erickson held the top consumer marketing and advertising position in the company, serving as Director of Advertising and Brand Development, responsible for driving sales through the company’s national marketing, media buying, public relations and advertising initiatives.
Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with minors in international relations and sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She resides in Long Grove, Ill., with her husband and three children.View Q & A
What is your leadership philosophy?
Paula: Set clear expectations, align objectives to the bigger picture strategy of the company and then set your team free! Empower them to do what you hired them for … to bring their talents and expertise to the company while building their personal career. Oh yeah … and have some great fun along the way!
What was your first job?
Paula: I started delivering newspapers in the third grade! In high school, I was a cashier at my local Ace Hardware and upon graduating from college I landed my first full-time job as an entry-level corporate communications professional at Ace’s corporate headquarters. What a fabulous company!
What do you like to do with your free time outside of work? Hobbies etc.
Paula: My life is packed full, so I absolutely love spending precious time with my family – sneaking out for quiet dinners with my husband and watching my children do all their activities. I also relish having some great “girlfriend time” … some of whom I’ve been best of friends with since first grade.
What’s your Beam Suntory drink of choice?