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Jack Brennan Appointed to Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Development for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Friday, January 31, 2020

MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the world's pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced that it has appointed Jack Brennan to a new role of Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Development, effective February 1. In this role, Mr. Brennan will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance for labor and governmental relations relating to the Company’s operations in California, while also assisting in the expansion and maintenance of Southern Glazer’s represented California-based wineries both within the state and in those that the Company does business. In this new role, Mr. Brennan will also be supporting other strategic corporate development initiatives and will report directly to Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer.

Most recently, Mr. Brennan held the role of Executive Vice President and General Manager, California for Southern Glazer’s. He has been with the Company for more than 40 years and is credited with helping to shape its business in California, ultimately leading the state to become the largest market across the Company’s national footprint. After starting as a sales representative in Florida in 1976, Mr. Brennan was transferred to Southern California. Working his way up to a sales leadership role; in 1983 he helped integrate the acquisition of Grape Empire into Southern Glazer’s Northern California business.

“Jack was with us from the very beginning when we were trying to win in California,” commented Harvey Chaplin, Chairman of Southern Glazer’s. “It was no easy task, but Jack had the persistence and drive to help us expand in Northern California and establish ourselves as a statewide distributor. That really was a turning point, not only in California but for the Company as a whole. Our success in California cemented our leadership position that led us to become the Company we are today.”

Succeeding Mr. Brennan in his prior role as Executive Vice President and General Manager of California is Steve Harden. Mr. Harden most recently served as Executive Vice President of Sales for California. During his 30-year career with the Company, Mr. Harden has progressed through a number of sales and operations leadership roles in California, beginning as an account executive in Sacramento, moving to General Manager roles in Sacramento and Northern California, and becoming Senior Vice President and General Manager of Northern California. “Steve has been a key contributor to the success of our business in California for decades,” said Patrick Daul, President, West Region, Southern Glazer’s. “I can’t think of a person more capable and prepared to take on the top leadership role in this market.”

Commenting on the appointments, Wayne Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Glazer’s added, “When Jack moved from our Florida operations to San Diego back in 1983, we were just preparing to extend our operations from the highly competitive southern California region into Northern California. When he moved upstate in 1988, we were beginning to gain a foothold and thanks to Jack’s leadership and perseverance, we ultimately succeeded. Jack has left a permanent imprint on our Company’s history and I look forward to working with him even more closely in his new role. As Steve moves into his new position, I am confident that he will continue Jack’s legacy doing a fantastic job in leading this very important market for the Company.”

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and Canada and employs nearly 22,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.

Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC
Cindy Haas
Vice President, External Communications & CSR
Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1166
Mobile: (786) 498-7640
Email: cindyhaas@sgws.com

Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC
Jennifer Hanlon
Communications Manager
Office: (305) 625-4171, ext. 1534
Mobile: (305) 898-9982
Email: jennifer.hanlon@sgws.com

Source: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

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