Bacardi Names Mauricio Vergara as President and COO of PATRÓN
October 28, 2020
Company Veteran will Lead Global Expansion of the World’s Best Selling Super-Premium Tequila
Hamilton, Bermuda, October 29, 2020 – Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest privately held spirits company, announces the appointment of Mauricio Vergara as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PATRÓN. A seven-year Bacardi veteran, Vergara has a diverse background serving in leadership positions across marketing, commercial and general management in both mature and emerging markets. Vergara will report to Chief Executive Officer Mahesh Madhavan and joins the company’s Global Leadership Team.
Most recently, Vergara served as Managing Director for Bacardi-Martini Australia and New Zealand, while also leading the international integration of PATRÓN following the acquisition of Patrón Spirits International AG and its PATRÓN® brand by Bacardi in 2018.
Since joining family-owned Bacardi in 2013, Vergara’s career at Bacardi has spanned the globe from Mexico City to Miami to London to Sydney and Bermuda. His roles have included leading BACARDÍ and GREY GOOSE globally, managing commercial businesses in Latin America and in the U.S., and heading up global commercial and customer marketing teams.
Mauricio will work closely with Kathy Parker, who joined the company earlier this year as President and CMO for PATRÓN and GREY GOOSE to drive the commercial strategy to build the PATRÓN brand for the long-term in key global markets. He will also partner with SVP of Global Operations Jean-Marc Lambert to ensure the smooth supply chain of PATRÓN brands across the world. Vergara will also directly oversee the expansion and management of the Hacienda PATRÓN brand home located in Atotonilco el Alto in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico’s premier tequila region.
In this new role, Mauricio returns to the company’s global headquarters in Bermuda pending authorization by the Bermuda Immigration Authority. He will also spend time in Switzerland at the PATRÓN headquarters.
About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S® Scotch whisky, ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur, and ERISTOFF® vodka. Founded more than 158 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 7,000, operates production facilities in 11 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit http://www.bacardilimited.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.