Brown-Forman has elected three additions to its board of directors.

Sandra Frazier, Martin S. Brown, Jr., and Geo. Garvin Brown IV are all fifth-generation descendants of Brown-Forman founder, George Garvin Brown, who created the company in 1870. Their appointments take effect from 8 May, the company said on Friday (24 March).

The three new directors are the first of the family's fifth generation to join the board. Subsequently, three members of the Brown family's fourth generation will retire - Owsley Brown Frazier, the company's former vice chairman, Geo. Garvin Brown III, and Ina Brown Bond.

"We are truly grateful to each of these directors for the guidance and wisdom they have given Brown-Forman in their years of valuable service and we look forward to continuing to receive their support and advice in less formal ways in the future," said Brown-Forman chairman Owsley Brown II.

"We're delighted that Sandra, Martin, and Garvin will begin service on our board, as they will bring new insights and energy while deepening the relationship between the company and younger generations of the Brown family," Brown added.

The Brown family controls a majority of the voting stock of the company.