Simon Hunt to Chair WGS’ “Branded Business Unit” with responsibility for all global markets
New York, NY – April 1, 2015 – Award-winning distiller William Grant & Sons, Ltd. announces the promotion of Jonathan Yusen to President & Managing Director, North America. In his newly expanded role, Yusen assumes responsibility for the Company’s business in Canada as well as the United States, and will now serve on the Global Executive Board.
WGS’ Chief Commercial Officer Simon Hunt has been tapped to expand his role with responsibility for all global markets. Hunt was named Chief Commercial Officer in 2013 and now assumes responsibility for leadership of all global markets, adding the USA and Asia to his remit.
“The creation of our Branded Business Unit in 2013 has allowed us to sharpen our brand-building approach along with our global commercial capabilities. Now is the time for us to move into the next phase of what we started, with Simon Hunt becoming responsible for all global markets, and with Jonathan Yusen joining the Global Executive Board,” commented Stella David, CEO, William Grant & Sons, Ltd. “I’m confident that these expanded roles and responsibilities will continue to enhance our performance and ways of working across the Group.”
William Grant & Sons has enjoyed healthy global growth over the past several years via performance of core brands including The Balvenie and Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotches, Hendrick’s Gin, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, via early success of its innovation brands including Reyka Vodka and Monkey Shoulder Scotch, and via recent additions to the portfolio including Drambuie Liqueur and Flor de Caña Rum.
“It is truly an honor to grow my role within this organization and to join the Global Executive Board,” shared Yusen. “I look forward to continued success for William Grant & Sons as we work toward achieving our vision of building the most coveted portfolio of branded spirits in the world.”
Yusen joined the independent family-owned premium spirits company in 2007 as Senior Vice President Marketing for the USA, adding to his remit Marketing responsibilities for Mexico and Canada in 2009, and the role of General Manager – Canada in 2012. In 2013, he was promoted to President & Managing Director William Grant & Sons USA.
Hunt joined William Grant & Sons in 2007 as President & Managing Director for North America.