Clarkson Hine is Senior Vice President – Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company. He leads the company’s global communications, brand PR and public affairs functions, including the company’s approach to navigating the evolving international alcohol policy landscape. He is also responsible for the company’s corporate social responsibility platform.
During his tenure at Beam Suntory, which began at predecessor company Fortune Brands in 1998, Hine has helped guide the company through value-creating structural and cultural transformations, including the $16 billion acquisition of Beam by Suntory Holdings in 2014. For six months during 2018, he also served as Interim President & CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council, the industry’s US trade association.
Before entering business, Hine served for seven years in senior communications positions on the Senate Leadership, presidential campaign and post-election staffs of Senator Bob Dole, including three years as Press Secretary during Dole’s high-profile tenure as both Minority and Majority Leader of the United States Senate.
Hine serves on the board of directors of the Distilled Spirits Council (Vice Chair), the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the National Association of Manufacturers. He is a past Chairman of The Seminar and is a member of Page, two leading professional organizations.
A native of New York City, Hine is a cum laude graduate of Cornell University. He and his wife, Laura, have twin sons and a daughter, and reside in Chicago.