375 Park Avenue Spirits hires former Bacardi exec

10th January, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

US importer 375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division within spirits group Sazerac, has appointed Jason Schladenhauffen to the newly created role of president and chief operating officer.

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Schladenhauffen will oversee the company’s field sales force and operations

Schladenhauffen will oversee the company’s field sales force and operations as well as occupy a joint role within Sazerac’s managing strategic partnerships.

Schladenhauffen brings a wealth of experience from both the distributor and supplier side including Romano Brothers in Chicago and Bacardi where he held several positions over the past 13 years, most recently as the off premise national accounts director.

Norman Bonchick, chairman and CEO of 375 Park Avenue Spirits, said: “We are delighted to have Jason join 375 Park Avenue Spirits as part of the company’s continued expansion in the industry.

“The past two years have been an exciting time for our company as we have solidified partnerships and grown our portfolio exponentially with the addition of a number of new suppliers and brands including Speyburn, Old Pulteney, anCnoc, Balblair, Caorunn, Phraya, Mekhong, Antica Sambuca, Limoncello Rossi d’Asiago, Dolce Nero, Saint James Rhum, Saint-Vivant Armagnac and Yeni Raki.

“We realised now is the time to strengthen our team and make sure we have a succession plan in place, with the appointment of Jason we are ensuring that 375 Park Avenue Spirits is well positioned for continued growth and the future.”

Mark Brown, president and CEO of Sazerac, said: “We are very pleased with the growth of 375 Park Avenue Spirits as the country’s leading developer of specialty and growth spirit brands, the addition of Jason in this role, which will additionally oversee many of Sazerac’s strategic partnerships will help continue the momentum that 375 Park Avenue has gained in the last 24 months.

“We are looking forward to the continued success of 375 Park Avenue and very pleased to have Jason join the Sazerac family”.

375 Park Avenue Spirits was formerly known as Van Gogh Imports but changed its company name as it became a fully integrated sales company within Sazerac.

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