Alex Alvarez Appointed Beam Suntory Chief Supply Chain Officer

alex alvarez appointed beam suntory chief supply chain officer

Alex Alvarez Appointed Beam Suntory Chief Supply Chain Officer

NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2023 – Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits with iconic brands such as Jim Beam® and Maker’s Mark®, today announced the appointment of Alex Alvarez as Chief Supply Chain Officer.  In this role, Alvarez will be responsible for Beam Suntory’s global operations, including 19 distilleries and bottling plants, as well as the company's supply chain, procurement and quality functions. He succeeds David Hunter, who as previously announced, will retire at the end of January 2023.

“Alex brings deep experience in spirits manufacturing and operations, so he understands the challenges and opportunities for our business as we grow and optimize our global manufacturing footprint,” said Albert Baladi, President & CEO of Beam Suntory. “Alex’s experience as a sustainability leader also provides important insights into how we not only produce the highest quality liquids, but how we do it in a way that delivers on our values and Growing for Good.”

Alvarez joins Beam Suntory following a 15-year career at Brown Forman where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of ESG.  Prior to that role, he held the executive role of Senior Vice President, Chief Production and Sustainability Officer. Earlier in his career, he served in manufacturing and operations roles of increasing responsibility at Procter & Gamble and General Mills.

“Beam Suntory is known for its great brands, people and culture, as well as an intensive focus on end-to-end quality,” said Alvarez.  “I am honored to take on the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer at this important time in the company’s history.”

Alvarez sits on several boards including the DendriFund, the American Forest Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Louisville. In 2021, he was recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine as a ‘Top Latino in Corporate America.’

Originally from Panama, Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.

Alvarez will report to Baladi and will be based in Louisville, KY.

About Beam Suntory

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and On The Rocks Premium Cocktails. 

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in New York City, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

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