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Constellation Brands announces leadership change as Hansen steps down

Constellation Brands, Inc., a prominent beverage alcohol company, has announced the departure of Executive Vice President Robert Hanson. After leading the transformation of the company’s Wine & Spirits division since 2019, Hanson and Constellation have mutually agreed that he will step down at the end of the fiscal year on February 29. The company is now actively searching for his successor.

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During this transition period, Bill Newlands, the President and CEO of Constellation Brands, will temporarily lead the Wine & Spirits Division. Newlands and Hanson are committed to ensuring a seamless handover of responsibilities. Newlands expressed gratitude for Hanson’s significant contributions, particularly in repositioning the Wine & Spirits business towards a high-end portfolio aligned with current consumer trends.

Hanson, who joined Constellation in 2019 and previously served on its Board of Directors, played a crucial role in reshaping the Wine & Spirits Division. Under his leadership, the division underwent a strategic overhaul, divesting lower-end brands and acquiring premium ones, fostering innovation, and laying a strong operational foundation for future growth. Hanson expressed pride in his work with Constellation and its team, stating that the division’s transformation makes this an opportune time for his departure to pursue other career goals.