Growth-Oriented Marketing Leader Joins Beam Suntory Following Two Decades at The Coca-Cola Company

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Deerfield, IL, March 29, 2016 – Beam Suntory today announced that Rebecca Messina will join the company as Senior Vice President & Global Chief Marketing Officer effective April 25th. Messina comes to Beam Suntory from The Coca-Cola Company, where she currently serves as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Innovation, Venturing & Emerging Brands.  She will serve on Beam Suntory’s executive leadership team and report to chairman & CEO Matt Shattock.

In her current role, Messina leads brand strategy and growth for The Coca-Cola Company’s portfolio of high-growth, emerging brand companies.  Over the course of her 22 years at Coca-Cola, Messina has held marketing leadership roles of increasing responsibility in geographies as diverse as the United States, Europe, Oceania and South America. Prior to assuming her current role in 2014, Messina served for five years as Vice President, Global Marketing Capability & Integration, where she led the strategic development of the global marketing agenda including the company’s methods, practices and capabilities necessary for the pursuit of growth in today’s market conditions.    

“Rebecca is a dynamic, growth-oriented leader,” said Matt Shattock, chairman & CEO of Beam Suntory.  “We’re delighted that she will join Beam Suntory to lead our global marketing and strengthen the function to deliver industry-leading, market-beating growth.  With experience as a global brand marketer, leader of fast-growing entrepreneurial premium brands and a leading developer of marketing capability, Rebecca will be a perfect fit for us as we pursue our ambitious growth objectives.” 

Messina is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and serves on the Advisory Board for the university’s College of Arts & Science.  She also served on the National Board of the American Marketing Association.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands and Suntory whisky Kakubin, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur. 

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and commitment to Growing for Good.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

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