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Leadership & Governance

The strength of Brown‑Forman’s governance structure is due in part to the purposeful relationship between our Executive Leadership Team, our controlling family shareholders, the Brown family, and independent directors on our Board. We believe this structure offers us a distinct competitive advantage and aligns with long-term shareholder interests.

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Thank you for your interest in Brown‑Forman Corporation’s corporate governance. At Brown‑Forman, we are committed to the highest levels of integrity. Our Board of Directors believes that sound corporate governance is a key factor in our ability to deliver long-term, sustainable shareholder value.

 

We are dedicated and accountable to our shareholders, employees, and communities, and have policies, guidelines, and charters in place to maintain integrity throughout our company and our culture.

 

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Campbell P. Brown
Chair of the Board, Brown‑Forman Corporation
Executive Leadership Team
Lawson Whiting

Lawson Whiting

President and CEO

Alex Alvarez

Alejandro "Alex" Alvarez

SVP, Chief Production and Sustainability Officer

Matias Bentel

Matias Bentel

SVP, Chief Brands Officer

Leanne Cunningham

Leanne Cunningham

SVP, Chief Financial Officer

Ralph Chabert

Ralph de Chabert

SVP, Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer

Marshall Farrer

Marshall B. Farrer

SVP, President, Europe

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Matthew Hamel

EVP, General Counsel and Secretary

Kirsten Hawley

Kirsten Hawley

SVP, Chief People, Places, and Communications Officer

John Hayes

John Hayes

SVP, President, USA and Canada

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Thomas Hinrichs

SVP, President, Emerging International

Tim Nall

Tim Nall

SVP, Chief Information and Advanced Analytics Officer

Board of Directors
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne

President and CEO, Americas, eShopWorld

Campbell Brown

Campbell P. Brown

Chair of the Board, Brown‑Forman Corporation

Stuart Brown

Stuart R. Brown

Managing Partner, Typha Partners, LLC

John Cook

John D. Cook

Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

Marshall Farrer

Marshall B. Farrer

SVP, President, Europe, Brown‑Forman Corporation

Kathleen Gutmann

Kathleen M. Gutmann

Chief Sales and Solutions Officer, United Parcel Service, Inc. and Executive Vice President of UPS Healthcare and Life Sciences

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Augusta Brown Holland

Founding Partner, Haystack Partners LLC

Michael Roney

Michael J. Roney

Retired Chief Executive Officer, Bunzl plc

Tracy Skeans

Tracy L. Skeans

Chief Operating Officer and Chief People Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Michael Todman

Michael A. Todman

Retired Vice Chairman, Whirlpool Corporation

Lawson Whiting

Lawson E. Whiting

President and Chief Executive Officer, Brown‑Forman Corporation

Board Committees

Audit Committee

Members

  • Michael A. Todman, Chair & Financial Expert
  • Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne
  • Kathleen M. Gutmann
  • Tracy L. Skeans

Secretary

  • Jaileah X. Huddleston

Compensation Committee

Members

  • Michael J. Roney, Chair
  • John D. Cook,* Chair
  • Tracy L. Skeans

Secretary

  • Rory Trotter

Executive Committee

Members

  • Campbell P. Brown, Chair
  • John D. Cook*
  • Lawson E. Whiting

Secretary

  • Matthew E. Hamel**

Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee

Members

  • John D. Cook,* Chair
  • Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne
  • Campbell P. Brown
  • Michael A. Todman

Secretary

  • Matthew E. Hamel**