Bardstown Bourbon Co names new CEOBy Nicola Carruthers
The Bardstown Bourbon Company has appointed Mark Erwin as its new CEO, taking over from co-founder David Mandell.
Mandell, who steps down from his role as president and CEO, will remain a minority shareholder in Kentucky-based Bardstown Bourbon Company.
“It has been an honour to serve as the CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company. Together, we have built a world-class team and accomplished great things,” said Mandell.
“We have established Bardstown Bourbon Company as the new blend of Bourbon makers, bringing together distilling, culinary and beverage expertise to create a modern, authentic Bourbon experience for our customers, and I am proud to have been part of the team.
“With the company in such strong standing and poised for its next phase of growth, this is the right time for a transition and the talented team that we have in place are well positioned for success under Mark Erwin’s leadership. I wish everyone involved continued success.”
Erwin joined Bardstown Bourbon Company’s board of directors in January this year, and will continue to serve as a member during the transition.
“As an active board member, I’ve admired what the Bardstown Bourbon Company team has achieved in such a short time and I appreciate David Mandell’s leadership in helping build a solid foundation for future success,” said Erwin.
“The future for our company is bright and I am excited to have the opportunity to play a part in taking us to the next level.”
Erwin has previously served for 25 years in the US army. Following his military career, Erwin joined Fortress Investment Group as operating executive, and founded independent risk advisory firm Karakoram Group. He also worked as an independent board director of Heritage Oil.
Executive chairman Peter Loftin added: “We’d like to thank David for his contributions to Bardstown Bourbon Company’s growth these last five years.
“David executed well on the board’s vision, helping establish our company as the nation’s leading collaborative distilling programme, and launching our branded Discovery Series and Fusion Series products.
“We wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours. We’re excited and honoured to have Mark join the company as our new CEO.
“Mark is a proven leader, who brings decades of experience during his distinguished US military career, and as an executive in both private and public company settings.
“Bardstown Bourbon Company will benefit greatly from Mark’s disciplined approach as we embark on this next phase of growth.”
In October 2016, Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in the Bardstown Bourbon Company.