US: Beam Suntory reveals new North America chief
Beam Suntory will have a new North American boss from the end of this month
Beam Suntory has appointed a new division president for its North America unit.
Tim Hassett, currently with Campbell Soup Co, will join the firm on 31 July, the Illinois-based group said late yesterday (15 July). Hassett replaces Bill Newlands, who said in April he planned to quit the group, in the wake of Suntory's takeover of Beam Inc.
Newlands will remain as a consultant to Hassett to help a “smooth transition”, the company said.
Hassett is currently Campbell's president of the 'Away from Home' division and North American chief customer officer. He has been with the company for ten years. Prior to that, he spent four years at Kellogg's and 15 years at Procter & Gamble.
At Beam Suntory, he will report to Matt Shattock, the group's CEO.
Shattock said: “Tim’s impressive experience with similar route-to-market structures in commercial and sales leadership positions makes him a great fit to lead our North America business.”
Beam Suntory operates as a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings, following the Japanese group's US$16bn acquisition of Beam earlier this year.
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