Skidmore College, Bachelor’s Degree, Phi Beta Kappa
Pace University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, Law Review
Rob Sands is Constellation’s executive chair. Rob is responsible for providing strategic leadership, working with the board of directors and the chief executive officer to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.
Rob joined Constellation in 1986, serving in a number of roles with increasing responsibility including executive vice president and general counsel, chief executive officer of Constellation International, and president and chief operating officer for Constellation Wines and Constellation Beers and Spirits. Rob was named company president and CEO in 2007 and served in that role for 12 years.
Rob is board chairman of the New York Wine and Culinary Center and of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the boards at Pace University, the Rochester Regional Health System and Thompson Health.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2009 WINE ENTHUSIAST MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, given for outstanding achievement in the wine world
2010 DR. LOUIS BERGER MEMORIAL AWARD, presented by the American Cancer Society to a wine and spirits industry leader who exemplifies philanthropic work and is dedicated to the fight against cancer
2011 BEVERAGE FORUM’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, which is given to individuals who, through their lifetime efforts, have materially changed the beverage landscape
2011 LEADERS IN MANAGEMENT AWARD BY PACE UNIVERSITY, which honors alumni for their leadership and contributions to business and the community
2013 INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD, presented by the Greater Rochester Enterprise
2014 EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD, presented by the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, honors a person who exemplifies the spirit of leadership, demonstrates a deep respect for our nation’s fiscal health, and has a significant pattern of public service and philanthropy
2016 SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS’ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2016 HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW’S 100 WORLD’S BEST-PERFORMING CEOS, recognizing CEOs for long-term performance and success
2017 MARKET WATCH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
2017 ROCHESTER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION, honoring businesspeople who have influenced the Greater Rochester community through business achievements as well as personal and philanthropic contributions
2017 BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MAGAZINE’S EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
2017 HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW’S 100 WORLD’S BEST-PERFORMING CEOS, recognizing CEOs for long-term performance and success
2018 WSWA SIDNEY FRANK INNOVATION AWARD, recognizing exceptional industry contributions, noteworthy philanthropy and community service
2018 BARRON’S WORLD’S BEST CEOs: GROWTH LEADERS, recognized for his leadership of Constellation when it acquired the U.S. distribution rights to its Mexican beer portfolio, thus making Constellation Brands the best growth story in consumer staples
2018 BEVNET’S BREWBOUND PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD, recognized for his bullish $4 billion investment in the emerging cannabis sector and his more than decade-long leadership of one of the beverage alcohol category’s top-performing companies