"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
David Hunter serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company. Appointed to this role in 2016, Hunter is responsible for Beam Suntory’s global operations, including 19 distilleries and bottling plants, as well as the company's supply chain, procurement and quality functions. Hunter and his team of 2,000 employees produce more than 50 million cases of spirits every year that are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Prior to this role, Hunter served as Beam Suntory’s Vice President of Manufacturing for three years. In that role, he was responsible for all manufacturing operations, maturing inventory warehousing and spirits processing facilities throughout the world.
Hunter joined Beam Suntory in July 2007 as leader of the company’s International Operations, encompassing all manufacturing operations outside of North America. Hunter’s experience in the spirits industry began in 1996 when he joined the Scotch Whisky business of Allied Domecq Plc. Prior to joining the spirits industry, Hunter spent 11 years in the chemical industry working for ICI Plc at various locations in the UK.
Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science, 1st Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK and a Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
What is your leadership philosophy?
David: Effective leadership can come in many forms, but I believe success always depends on strong engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, careful listening, and clear communication of direction and priorities. These activities give the best chance of achieving alignment with a shared vision to inspire commitment and ownership of actions. However, leadership is only one role within a team -- collective strength of the team effort is what can drive extraordinary results.
What was your first job?
David: My first proper job was as a project engineer for ICI, which, at that time, was the largest chemical company in the UK. As a new graduate, I learned very quickly how little I really knew outside of my core Engineering discipline, and was very fortunate that the company had an excellent graduate development program, with training on leadership, team working, general management and business acumen as well as structured core professional development.
What do you like to do with your free time outside of work? Hobbies etc.
David: I like the outdoors. I’ve been a keen skier for many years, so I welcome the snow! In warmer months I enjoy mountain biking and walking. I also enjoy time socializing with family and friends.
What’s your Beam drink of choice?
David: That’s a hard one for someone who has had the privilege of working with the teams at all of our distilleries! I find that each of our brands tastes even better when savored with the team at the source distillery. Nothing beats Jim Beam Black with ginger ale at the Knob Creek house or sipping a 10yr. Laphroaig on the beach at the distillery.
If you could have drinks with any person (living or dead) who would you choose?
David: Ernest Shackleton. As an explorer he would have some amazing stories to tell and none more so than the account of his epic 1914 attempt to cross the Antarctic over land. His courage to embark on such an ambitious expedition, then his determination and leadership in the face of failure and overwhelming odds to get every single one of his men back safely is truly inspiring.