Republic National Distributing Company Appoints Mike Young Vice President of Marketing

Deerfield, Ill. – February 10, 2011 – Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. [Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO)], the leading American spirits company, and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), one of the country’s largest distributors, are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Young to RNDC as vice president of marketing. Young joins RNDC from Beam Global, where he most recently served as vice president of sales operations.

In his new role, Young will act as the key liaison between the companies, responsible for driving Beam Global’s performance at RNDC and growing the Beam Global Spirits & Wine portfolio in Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, NDC Georgia and Washington, D.C.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Mike into the RNDC team,” noted Bob Hendrickson, executive vice president of RNDC. “With nearly 25 years of industry experience, including 17 at Beam Global, he brings extensive knowledge and a history of driving success. This move will help us strengthen the relationship between RNDC and Beam Global, further aligning our business strategies and ability to pursue aggressive growth in targeted markets.”

“Mike’s extensive knowledge of Beam Global’s business, brands and growth strategy will be instrumental to our continued growth with RNDC,” said Bill Newlands, president of Beam Global’s North America business. “This is a great opportunity for both companies and we look forward to further strengthening our ties with RNDC.”


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