Spirits body WSWA names new president and CEO

20th July, 2018 by Melita Kiely

US trade body the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has appointed Michelle L Korsmo as its new president and chief executive officer.


Michelle L Korsmo will take up the role of WSWA president and CEO from mid-September

Korsmo will succeed former CEO Craig Wolf, who left the company at the end of June following an 18-year career with the association.

Korsmo currently holds the position of CEO of the American Land Title Association (ALTA), but will move into her role at the WSWA from mid-September.

Barkley Stuart, WSWA chairman, said: “Michelle’s experience and vision will lead the association and the industry during a pivotal time.

“From our bipartisan team of state and federal advocates and industry-leading Political Action Committee, to our dynamic annual convention and the suite of valuable programmes for the membership, she will increase our influence and effectiveness.”

Before joining ALTA, Korsmo worked as executive vice president of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and previously held the position of deputy chief of staff at the US Department of Labor.

Korsmo said: “I am also inspired by the industry’s record of accomplishment. Family-owned wholesalers, along with supplier and retailer partners, and state and federal legislators and regulators, have together built the safest, and most well regulated and enterprising beverage marketplace in the world.

“But there is no denying that it operates in a disruptive economy and the association must be prepared for the future. Finding consumer-facing solutions for these challenges is an opportunity I welcome, and I’m excited about what the future holds.”

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