Patrón’s COO promoted to President, International

By Charlotte Turner |

The current Chief Operating Officer of Patrón Spirits, John McDonnell, has been promoted to the position of President, International. Based full-time in the company’s global headquarters in Switzerland, he will also continue in his previously held role of COO, responsible for overseeing all day-to-day management of the company’s U.S. and worldwide operations, and global growth.


McDonnell is also the Chairman of the Washington, DC-based Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the national trade association representing America’s leading distillers.


“In only a few short years, Patrón has quickly expanded into more than 130 countries worldwide,” says McDonnell. “As our brands and our company continues to gain momentum in international markets, it’s important that we devote all available resources into growing our global business and international market share.


“I’m honoured to take on this new role and this new position, based strategically here in Europe, to work with our team to focus on our long-term global growth and success.”


McDonnell, who joined Patrón Spirits in January 2005, is also actively involved with the company’s leadership in environmental responsibility. McDonnell also helped close the company’s acquisition of ultra-premium Ultimat vodka and has led the company’s international and duty-free expansion.


On behalf of Patrón, McDonnell is a supporter of numerous philanthropic and charitable organisations. Under McDonnell’s leadership, the company has helped with many projects striving to improve children’s health, reduce hunger, provide clean water, and help with the rebuilding of New Orleans.


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