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News Alert: Beam Suntory Names Greg Hughes President, North America

November 14, 2018

Beam Suntory has named Greg Hughes as president, North America, effective January 1. Hughes will take over for Albert Baladi, who the drinks giant recently announced will become president and CEO of Beam Suntory in April, replacing Matt Shattock.

Hughes, who is currently Beam Suntory’s general manager for North America, joined the company in 2015 as general manager for the U.S. During his time with Beam Suntory, the company’s business in the U.S. and Canada has gained market share since mid-2017, and the Mexico business established a company-owned sales organization earlier this year, the company noted.

Hughes has more than 25 years of consumer packaged goods experience in management, marketing and commercial roles. Prior to Beam Suntory, Hughes served in roles of increasing responsibility at Procter & Gamble, Bel Brands USA and Kraft Foods.

Beam Suntory ranks as the third-largest spirits marketer in the U.S., up 1.5% to 22.2 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.—Daniel Marsteller

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