Brown-Forman Corporation announced that Larry Probus, senior vice president and director of finance, is resigning to become senior vice president of World Vision U.S., a major humanitarian worldwide relief organization. Based in Seattle, World Vision U.S. raises and distributes more than $550 million annually to 100 participating countries, primarily to help children who are victims of poverty, malnutrition, and disease. Probus will be responsible for the finance, IT, and legal functions of World Vision U.S.

"Larry Probus is an outstanding employee who has made many contributions to our company over the last 22 years," said Phoebe Wood, chief financial officer of Brown-Forman. "We are truly sorry that Larry is leaving, but we admire his commitment in joining this benevolent organization."

Probus joined Brown-Forman in 1981 and has served in several key executive positions, including vice president of corporate development, head of business planning and analysis, and controller. His last day at Brown-Forman will be May 30, 2003, and a search is underway for a successor.

Brown-Forman Corporation is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality consumer products, including Jack Daniel's, Canadian Mist, Southern Comfort, Fetzer and Bolla Wines, Korbel California Champagnes, Lenox, Dansk, and Gorham tableware and giftware, and Hartmann Luggage.