Albert Baladi has served as President & CEO of Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits, since 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 global and diverse background with three decades of international business, operations, brand and marketing experience for several public world-renowned consumer companies. Baladi has lived in 7 countries throughout his career and is fluent in 4 languages.
As part of Beam Suntory’s vision of Growing for Good, and commitment to promoting responsible consumption of alcohol, Baladi serves as CEO Chair of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), a not-for-profit organization supported by the leading global beer, wine and spirits producers.
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.
Baladi previously worked at PepsiCo International in marketing and general manager roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as General Manager, Pepsi-Lipton International, with operations in more than 30 countries.
Early in his career, 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.