Clarkson Hine is Senior Vice President – Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits. 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, Clarkson 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, Clarkson 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.
Clarkson serves as Board Chair of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, Board Chair of the Distilled Spirits Council, and on the board of directors of Responsibility.org 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, Clarkson is a cum laude graduate of Cornell University. He and his wife, Laura, have twin sons and a daughter, and reside in Chicago.