Paul Varga, Former Chief Executive Officer
Paul Varga retired from Brown-Forman December 31, 2018. Paul was elected president and chief executive officer of Brown-Forman Corporation on August 1, 2005, and became chairman of the company in August 2007. He has been a member of the company’s board of directors since 2003.
Prior to becoming CEO, Varga served as president and chief executive officer of the company’s Brown-Forman Beverages subsidiary. He also served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Brown-Forman Beverages. In this capacity he provided executive direction of the marketing efforts for brands that comprise Brown-Forman Beverages in domestic and international markets.
Varga began his career at Brown-Forman as a summer intern in May of 1986. He subsequently was promoted to a variety of positions within the corporation, ranging from on-premise marketing to managing the Jack Daniel’s brand. Varga was promoted to senior vice president, chief marketing officer in November 2000.
Varga earned his bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Kentucky in 1985. He went on to earn his master’s in business administration at Purdue University in 1987.
Paul resides in Louisville with is wife, Melissa, and their three children.