Deerfield, Ill. – Jan. 5, 2011 – Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. [Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO)], the largest U.S.-based spirits company in the world, has announced the appointment of Donard Gaynor to senior vice president corporate development.
In this new role, Gaynor is responsible for industry relations and advancing the company’s growth strategy by building strategic commercial business partnerships. Previously, he served as senior vice president and managing director international, credited with leading the Allied Domecq brand acquisition and integration, as well as re-aligning the company’s international route-to-market strategy.
“Since 2003, Donard has spearheaded our international business, truly transforming the way Beam Global conducts business abroad,” said Matt Shattock, Beam Global Spirits & Wine President & CEO. “His extensive industry experience will be invaluable in this new executive role as he dedicates his time to building our company’s external business partnerships as part of our global growth strategy.”
Prior to joining Beam Global, Gaynor spent nearly a decade at The Seagram Spirits & Wine Group in a variety of executive leadership positions, including chief financial officer responsible for all financial aspects of the $5 billion business. At Seagram, he played an instrumental role in the sale of the global business to Diageo and Pernod Ricard.
Gaynor also spent more than 14 years at Price Waterhouse Coopers where he served as an audit client service partner with responsibilities ranging from lead partner on several large multinational clients to internal firm responsibilities for human resources and marketing.
Gaynor is a council member of the Scotch Whisky Association and member of the Ireland-U.S. Business Council. He also serves as board member and president of The Children's Medical Research Foundation.
Gaynor earned his professional qualifications as a chartered accountant from the Sligo Institute of Technology and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, where he is now a fellow.