Chicago, Illinois, October 12, 2017 -- Beam Suntory, the world’s third-largest premium spirits company, has promoted Marc André Tousignant to the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2018. Tousignant currently serves as CFO of Beam Suntory’s Americas region, which is responsible for more than half of the company’s profits.
Tousignant will succeed John Owen, who, as previously announced, plans to leave the company at year end to pursue opportunities closer to his family in New York. As CFO, Tousignant will report to CEO Matt Shattock, join the executive leadership team, and serve as a member of the Beam Suntory Board of Directors.
“Marc André is a thoughtful and strategic finance executive whose breadth and depth of experience will serve him well as our global CFO,” said Shattock. “We are tremendously grateful to John for his outstanding leadership and numerous contributions to our success, and we’re pleased that he will remain with us through year end to ensure a seamless transition to Marc André.”
Tousignant joined Beam Suntory in 2014 as CFO, Global Supply Chain before assuming his current role in 2016. He previously had a 23-year career at Avon, where he held finance leadership roles for multi-billion-dollar business units, including North America, WEMEA/APAC/China, and Japan. He ultimately served as Group Vice President, responsible for transforming and contemporizing Avon’s service model.
Tousignant holds an M.B.A. from the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, and a B.A. in Finance from the Université de Québec à Montréal.
Succeeding Tousignant as CFO of the Americas region will be Karim Sadik-Khan, who is currently Vice President, Global Finance Planning & Analysis. Justine O’Toole, currently Finance Director, Global Travel Retail, is promoted to Vice President, Global Finance Planning & Analysis.