Nicholas Fink was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of Beam Inc., one of the world's largest premium spirits companies (NYSE:BEAM), in May 2012. In this role, Fink will lead all strategic planning and corporate development initiatives for the multi-billion dollar company.
Fink has held a number of strategic business and commercial positions at Beam since joining the company in 2006, including his most recent position as Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development in which he led the company's acquisition of Pinnacle Vodka. He also has served as Managing Director Beam Canada (2010 – 2011), Sr. Brand Director Courvoisier and Fortified Wines (2009 – 2010); and Associate General Counsel (2006 – 2009), a position in which he helped negotiate key partnerships, alliances and transactions.
Prior to joining Beam, Fink was a partner in the Corporate Department of the law firm of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now K&L Gates), where he concentrated his practice in mergers and acquisitions, public financing, private equity and venture capital, and general corporate counseling. Fink was also active in the firm's International Practice Group, Recruiting Committee, Marketing Committee, and Diversity Committee.
Fink received his Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the Institut d'Etudes des Relations Internationales, in Paris, France.
He resides in Winnetka with his wife, Karin, and four children.
John Owen was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM) in September 2013. In this role, Owen is responsible for Beam’s global operations, including 20 distilleries, bottling plants and operating units throughout the world, as well as the company’s supply chain, procurement, quality and technical services. Owen and his team of 2,000 individuals within Beam’s operations produce more than 38 million cases of spirits every year that are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Owen came to Beam following a 30-year supply chain, operations, business transformation, strategy and finance career with Avon Products, Inc. Most recently, Owen served as the company’s SVP Global Supply Chain and Process Excellence with direct accountability for the company’s worldwide supply chain, including planning, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and logistics. Prior to his role in operations and supply chain, Owen served from 2004 to 2006 as SVP and President Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with full P&L responsibility for 32 diverse markets and total revenue of $2.3 billion. From 2002 to 2004, Owen held the role of SVP Business Transformation. In his first 20 years with the company, Owen served in a number of finance leadership positions with increasing responsibility, including Group VP Corporate Finance, responsible for the controllership function, as well as CFO North America. Owen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Siena College located in Albany, N.Y., and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Pace University in White Plains, N.Y.
Kenton R. Rose has been Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary for Beam since 2001. Rose is responsible for oversight of the company's legal, regulatory, and external affairs strategies and initiatives, and also for company administration.
His previous experience includes almost 15 years at Fortune Brands, Inc., where a significant portion of his time was devoted to Beam's legal and business issues. During that time, Rose held several positions including Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, and Associate General Counsel. Rose also worked as an Associate Attorney for Chadbourne & Parke and Day, Berry & Howard, corporate law firms in the Metro New York area.
Rose is a graduate of Lawrence University. He earned his Juris Doctor at Boston University and his Masters in Government at Harvard University.
Rose resides in Northbrook, IL, with his family.
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