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Leo Kiely to Receive 2011 ABL Top Shelf Award

February 15, 2011


Bethesda, MD – February 9, 2011 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) announced today that Leo Kiely has been selected as the 2011 ABL Top Shelf Award honoree. Mr. Kiely, in his role as the Chief Executive Officer of MillerCoors, is responsible for leading the company and is known for his hands-on management style and keen knowledge of the beverage business. MillerCoors currently employs 8,800 workers with total revenues of approximately $7 billion per year.

Given annually since 2005, the ABL Top Shelf Award recognizes those members of the beverage alcohol industry who have demonstrated excellence over their career and have a successful history of positive influence on their communities. It is the highest honor given by ABL and will be presented to Mr. Kiely at the Top Shelf Award Banquet at the 9th Annual ABL Convention on June 14, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Leo Kiely has been a fixture in the beer industry for nearly two decades and a key player in the evolving landscape of our industry,” said ABL President David Jabour. “His support for the retail tier and his work to make this a better industry for everyone involved serve as an example for all to follow.”

Before his current role with MillerCoors, Mr. Kiely was the president and chief executive officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a position he accepted in 2005. He guided the company through major transitions in recent years, including the merger of Adolph Coors Company and Molson Inc. in 2005.

Mr. Kiely joined Coors in 1993 as its chief operating officer, and moved into the role of chief executive officer in 2000. He initiated broad managerial and organizational improvements that are helping the company fulfill its pledge to "sell more beer, more profitably." In a relatively short time, he has forged relationships with customers and suppliers, ranging from barley growers to beer distributors to retailers, across the country.

Mr. Kiely also takes time to give back to his community and to charitable causes. He currently serves on the Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation Board and the board of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also is a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and chairman of the board of Mile High United Way of Denver.

In addition to his alcohol industry and charitable work, Mr. Kiely sits on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C, and the SEI Center for Advanced Studies Board for the Wharton School of Finance in Philadelphia.

“Mr. Kiely joins an elite group of Top Shelf Award recipients who have demonstrated their love of the beverage alcohol business and their dedication to making our world a better place through giving and charitable efforts that epitomize the spirit of our great industry,” said ABL executive director John Bodnovich.

Mr. Kiely graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He earned his master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Before entering the beverage alcohol industry, Mr. Kiely worked in various executive management and marketing positions with Frito-Lay Inc., a subsidiary of PepsiCo; Ventura Coastal Corporation, a division of Seven Up Inc; Wilson Sporting Goods; and Proctor & Gamble.

For those who wish to join in honoring Mr. Kiely and for more information about the ABL Top Shelf Award Banquet and 2011 ABL Convention, which will be held on June 12-14, 2011 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, please visit www.ablusa.org.


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