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Bill Street, Longtime President Of Brown-Forman, Passes Away At Age 79

July 26, 2018

This morning, Brown-Forman announced the death of longtime executive Bill Street, who died after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

Street, a Louisville native, graduated from Princeton and earned an MBA from Harvard, and then worked at Brown-Forman for his entire career. He joined the company in 1956 as a sales trainee, and rose to become president and CEO of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, the company’s beverage unit, before being named president of the corporation in 2000. Street retired from that role in 2003. He also served on Brown-Forman’s board of directors for 40 years, before fully retiring in 2011.

Working with chairman and CEO Owsley Brown II, Street spearheaded the development Brown-Forman’s international strategy in the 1990s, which led to Jack Daniel’s becoming a global brand, among other achievements. Today Brown-Forman does business in 170 countries around the world, and its global approach created a platform for growth that remains effective today.

“Bill Street will be remembered fondly by us all as an enormously successful Brown-Forman president and board member, a luminary in the global spirits industry, and a prominent Louisville civic leader,” said Brown-Forman CEO Paul Varga in a statement. “Most notably, however, he will be remembered as a gracious and good man who enriched the lives of so many people at our company and in our community. We will miss him dearly, and our thoughts are very much with his wife Lindy and his family on this sad occasion.”—David Fleming

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