MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the world's pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced that Rudy Ruiz, Executive Vice President of Emerging Spirits Brands, will be leaving the Company, effective July 3, 2020, to join industry innovator Park Street. During his 17-year tenure with Southern Glazer’s, Mr. Ruiz was responsible for curating and growing the Company’s portfolio of craft spirits and emerging brands. Following Mr. Ruiz’s departure, his duties will be assumed by Ray Lombard, Executive Vice President of Supplier Management & Business Development.
“We brought Rudy into our organization because we knew his experience and expertise in brand building would provide great value to our suppliers,” commented Harvey Chaplin, Chairman, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “We truly wish him all the best in his new endeavors and are confident he will continue to make a positive impact in our industry.”
Added Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, “Rudy’s commitment to craft and brand innovation has helped us bring commercial success to many emerging spirits brands and we look forward to building on the excellent foundation that he established during his career with the Company.”
“I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Chaplins and all of Southern Glazer’s,” says Mr. Ruiz. “My time at the Company was tremendously fulfilling, and I value the many long term relationships I’ve developed along the way. I look forward to continuing to promote innovation in the industry at Park Street.”
Mr. Ruiz originally joined Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in 2003 after nearly 25 years in senior leadership roles with Bacardi USA. At Bacardi, Mr. Ruiz' positions included President and CEO of Bacardi Asia/Pacific, President of Bacardi Global Brands, and President and CEO of Bacardi USA.
About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and Canada. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.
About Park Street
Park Street is an innovative solutions provider to emerging and established alcoholic beverage companies from the U.S. and around the world. For more information visit www.parkstreet.com or to learn more about innovation in the alcoholic beverage industry visit www.parkstreetuniversity.com. Follow us on Instagram @parkstreetcompanies.