Milestone Brands names Brian Bousley executive vice presidentBy Owen Bellwood
American spirits producer Milestone Brands has expanded its leadership team, naming Brian Bousley executive vice president and Sean Penn vice president of sales and commercial planning.
Bousley joins Milestone Brands from Pabst Brewing Company, where he served as president and chief operating officer.
With almost 30 years of experience in the spirits and beverage industry, Bousley has previously held senior positions at Red Bull and Diageo.
Bousley’s initial responsibilities as executive vice president will be focused on business development, as Milestone looks to expand its portfolio into new states, channels and key growth markets.
Penn joins Milestone Brands after 20 years at Diageo, where he served as vice president of sales for the company’s central region.
In his new role, Penn will oversee strategic sales development for the company’s full portfolio.
Eric Dopkins, CEO and co-founder of Milestone Brands, said: “Brian’s experience with leading disruptive brands, like Pabst and Red Bull, combined with developing passionate and creative company cultures make him an ideal addition to our executive team.
“Sean has a proven record of successful team management and problem solving within the spirits industry, which are both necessities in an entrepreneurial culture like ours.
“With the addition of Brian and Sean, we are positioned to see immediate positive impacts on both company culture and growth.”
The expansion of Milestone’s leadership team comes as the company looks to accelerate the growth of its spirits portfolio. By the end of 2019, Milestone is predicted to surpass 130,000 nine-litre cases across its brands.