James S. Welch, Jr.,
Jim Welch is Vice Chairman of Brown-Forman Corporation, responsible for strategic planning, human resources and the company’s internal Business Consulting Group. In addition to coordinating with family shareholders, Welch is responsible for compensation, staffing, employee benefits, and employee development functions for approximately 3,750 Brown-Forman employees in more than 25 countries.
Welch joined Brown-Forman in 1989, as manager of Corporate Planning and Investor Relations. One year later, he was promoted to the position of assistant to the chief executive officer, and was elected an assistant vice president in 1992. From 1995-1998, Welch was a vice president in charge of the Business Consulting Group, providing internal strategic consulting services to the company. More recently, Welch served as vice president of Human Resources for Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide.
Before joining Brown-Forman, Welch was co-founder and vice president of operations for Source Air Corporation – a start-up venture in Charlottesville, Virginia. He began his career with J.P. Morgan & Company in New York, becoming a vice president in 1986.
Welch earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University. He currently is Vice Chairman of Louisville’s Downtown Development Corporation. He is a former chairman of the Nature Conservancy – Kentucky Chapter, former president of River Fields Inc., and a former trustee of Bernheim Forest and Research Arboretum.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Welch continues to reside there with his wife and two children.