Ein Wechsel an der Spitze eines der größten Unternehmen in der Spirituosenbranche wurde über die Agenturen verlautbart: Der bisherige Beam Suntory President & CEO Albert Baladi übergibt nach 12 Jahren an der Spitze ab 1. Oktober das Szepter an Greg Hughes, der bislang im Unternehmen als Senior Vice President Chief Growth & Brands Officer tätig war.
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Beam Suntory Announces CEO Transition
Greg Hughes appointed Global President & CEO
Hughes succeeds Albert Baladi who will depart after successful 12-year career with Beam Suntory, the last five of which as President & CEO
NEW YORK, July 18, 2023 – Beam Suntory President & CEO Albert Baladi today announced that he will transition CEO responsibilities effective October 1, 2023, to Greg Hughes, the company’s current Senior Vice President Chief Growth & Brands Officer. Under this succession plan, Baladi will serve as CEO Advisor through year-end and will be engaged as Senior Advisor for the company throughout 2024.
Baladi has served on the executive leadership team of Beam Suntory for 12 years, including the past five years as President & CEO. Since he stepped into the CEO role in 2019, Beam Suntory’s annual sales have grown at high single digits to more than $5 billion. In addition, the company has significantly accelerated its premiumization trajectory, with premium brands becoming the majority of its sales.
Tak Niinami, President & CEO of Suntory Holdings, said:
“On behalf of Suntory Holdings, I’d like to express deep appreciation to Albert for his tremendous leadership, exemplary contributions, and impact during his 12-year tenure with Beam Suntory. As CEO, Albert has led a highly transformative phase for the company. He architected the company’s 2030 growth strategy, established a brand-led operating model, step-changed investments in talent and capabilities, launched the company’s first ever Proof Positive Sustainability strategy, moved our global headquarters to New York City, and navigated the many challenges of the COVID pandemic. Under Albert’s values-based leadership, Beam Suntory has delivered exemplary business performance, accelerated premiumization, and become a stronger organization. We couldn’t be more thankful for his leadership and impact on the brands and culture of Beam Suntory.”
Hughes, who currently serves as Beam Suntory’s SVP Chief Growth & Brands Officer, has more than three decades of experience in consumer goods across marketing, commercial and management roles. Since joining Beam Suntory in 2015, Hughes led the company’s largest market as President North America for four years and prior to that as GM of North America. Prior to Beam Suntory, he served in roles with increasing responsibility at Procter & Gamble, Bel Brands USA and Kraft Foods. Hughes holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
“Greg is ideally suited to succeed Albert as CEO and lead the company’s next era of growth, building on the strong track record under Albert’s leadership,” Niinami said. “Greg has an incredibly strong track record of performance anchored in strategic vision, exemplary brand building, and a people-first inclusive mindset. He truly knows how to put brands and people at the heart of the business, and we have great confidence in his leadership.”
Succession for the brands and marketing organization, currently under Hughes’ leadership, will be announced in the coming months.