VICTOR, N.Y. and CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 9, 2018 – Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, is pleased to announce that President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Bill Newlands has been named Person of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. A highly-respected industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, the award recognizes Newlands for his outstanding achievements in the beverage alcohol world.
“I’m humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Newlands. “I’d like to thank Wine Enthusiast for their consideration and I’d like to thank all the stellar people at Constellation Brands. I’m proud to be part of an industry-leading team that thrives on innovation and is always at the forefront of consumer trends.”
Newlands joined Constellation Brands in 2015 as its first chief growth officer, spearheading the company’s long-term growth strategies across its beer, wine and spirits businesses. He continually progressed at Constellation, leading corporate strategy and business development, and accelerating new product development and innovation efforts. Today, Newlands is Constellation’s president and COO, overseeing all operating aspects of the company and leading the Wine and Spirits and Beer Divisions, growth and national sales organizations, finance, human resource and legal functions. As a leader in the organization, Newlands has helped advance Constellation’s diversity and inclusion programs and he serves as the executive sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Network, a program that provides women in the company networking and development opportunities.
“Bill has been described as a serial innovator, and I think that sums it up perfectly,” said Chief Executive Officer Rob Sands, Constellation Brands. “He is always looking for opportunities for growth. Bill is a dynamic leader and true visionary who has strengthened Constellation’s innovation capabilities and advanced our position as a total beverage alcohol company. I congratulate Bill on receiving this prestigious and well-deserved recognition.”
During his tenure at Constellation Brands, Newlands has guided the company’s premiumization strategy in the Wine and Spirits Division, expanding its portfolio to include Meiomi, High West whiskey, The Prisoner, Charles Smith Wines and Schrader Cellars.
Each year, Wine Enthusiast honors individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine and alcohol beverage world. The honorees will be presented their Wine Star Award trophies at a black-tie awards dinner gala on January 28, 2019, at Miami’s Nobu Eden Roc.
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S., and Funky Buddha Brewery. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Black Box, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 10,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised.
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