The talent moves have been made to leverage top talent and further position the business for sustained profitable growth.

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Deerfield, Ill. – April 8, 2013 – Beam Inc. [NYSE:BEAM], the leading American spirits company, has announced several key leadership appointments in the General Sales Manager ranks of its commercial team for the North America Region. The talent moves have been made to leverage top talent and further position the business for sustained profitable growth. 

Steve Bjeldanes has been named General Sales Manager Southern Region, which encompasses responsibility for driving sales growth in the 14 states in which Southern Wine & Spirits is Beam’s distributor partner in the Open States. Bjeldanes will also retain responsibility for National Accounts. Bjeldanes has worked at Beam for the past eight years, including five years as General Sales Manager for Control States, Beam Canada and National Accounts.  

Taking on the leadership role of General Sales Manager Beam Canada and Control States will be Julious Grant, who joins the Beam organization effective May 7. Grant has extensive 20 years’ experience in the spirits industry both within the U.S. and the global spirits market, most recently returning from the United Kingdom where he served as the President/Managing Director of Bacardi/Brown-Forman House for the UK & Ireland. Prior to his international role, Grant served as Senior Vice President – National Sales Director of Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. from 2007-2011. Previously, he has held senior sales and marketing roles at Moet Hennessy USA, Schieffelin & Somerset, Diageo North America and Seagram. Grant earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Bethune-Cookman University and a MBA from the University of Miami. He is also a Harvard graduate of the Advanced Management Program for International Senior Executives.

Tony Truzzolino, who previously held the role of Beam General Sales Manager Southern, will now be taking on a new position at Southern Wine & Spirits as Senior Vice President Sales working exclusively on behalf of the Beam business. Truzzolino will report directly to Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and will be responsible for driving  the growth of Beam’s portfolio, including Jim Beam® Bourbon, Sauza™ Tequila, Canadian Club® Whisky, Courvoisier® Cognac, Maker's Mark® Bourbon, Pinnacle® Vodka, Skinnygirl® Cocktails and more. 

“With Tony as our anchor at Southern Wine & Spirits, Steve leading the Southern division and National Accounts, Julious for Control States and Canada, and Matt Metz at the helm of our American region and Mexico, we are well positioned for future growth in North America,” said Bill Newlands, President of Beam North America. “At Beam, we have an outstanding portfolio of brands, an excellent innovation pipeline and an unstoppable leadership team! We aim to continue outperforming the market and this team will be a big part of that.”

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky DYC and DeKuyper Cordials.  Beam is focused on delivering superior performance with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth. Beam and its 3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion (excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.  

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and the MSCI World Index.  For more information on Beam, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and