Albert Baladi became President & CEO of Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, in April 2019. He previously held the dual role of Chief Operating Officer and President, North America. Baladi joined Beam Suntory in March 2011 as President, EMEA and became President of the International region in 2015.
Baladi brings to his role a highly diverse background with three decades of international business, operations, brand and marketing experience for several public world-renowned consumer companies. Prior to joining Beam, Baladi served as Managing Director, South Pacific, for Yum! Restaurants International in Sydney, Australia. In this position, he led their $1.5 billion retail sales business across more than 1,000 KFC and Pizza Hut locations in Australia and New Zealand. Before joining Yum!, Baladi worked in the beverage industry for PepsiCo International from 1994 – 2007 in various marketing and general manager roles with increasing responsibility. His final position with PepsiCo from 2004 – 2007 was General Manager, Pepsi-Lipton International, with operations in more than 30 countries. From 1987 – 1993, Baladi worked for Procter & Gamble in a variety of marketing and brand management positions, based in Switzerland and France.
Baladi holds a preparatory degree from the École Polytechnique Lausanne and received his business degree from HEC Lausanne, both located in Switzerland. He and his wife, Rana are the parents of two daughters and reside in Chicago.