Global Leadership Team

We have operations around the world, cemented by the enduring quality of our products and the reputation we have worked so hard to earn and maintain.

  • John Burke

    Chief Marketing Officer of Bacardi & President of Bacardi Global Brands Limited

    John Burke is responsible for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to Bacardi’s marketing organization..

    With Bacardi since 1993, Mr. Burke has achieved notable success during his more than 24-year career at Bacardi. He has had diverse experience working in country operations, regional and global sales and marketing, including as the lead for core brands in the Bacardi portfolio including BACARDÍ®, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, MARTNI®, and DEWAR’S®, and, most recently, as president of Incubation brands charged with driving brand equity in the fastest-growing premium brands in the Bacardi portfolio including ANGEL’S ENVY®, ST-GERMAIN®, BANKS®, and LEBLON®.

    Mr. Burke is based between London and the Bacardi global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.

  • Pete Carr

    Regional President – North America

    Pete Carr is responsible for commercial operations in North America.

    Mr. Carr has worked in the spirits, wine, beer and non-alcohol beverage industry for nearly 25 years.

    Prior to joining Bacardi in September 2014, Mr. Carr was most recently Executive Vice President for privately held Glazer’s Distributors, one of the country’s largest distributors of wine, spirits and malt beverages. Prior to joining Glazer’s, Mr. Carr held various senior management roles with Diageo including President of U.S. Spirits, President of Sales for Diageo-Guinness USA, and President of Control States.

    Mr. Carr is based in Coral Gables, Florida.

  • Francis Debeuckelaere

    Regional President – Europe

    Francis Debeuckelaere is responsible for commercial operations in Europe.

    Prior to this regional appointment, Mr. Debeuckelaere was VP & Managing Director for Northern Europe for Bacardi.

    In a career with Bacardi spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Debeuckelaere has led several European markets to great success. Under his leadership, the size of Bacardi in Belgium more than doubled, going from the #3 spirits company to #1. Similarly, Bacardi in the Netherlands went from #3 in the market to currently #2. And, after he helped establish the company in Switzerland in 2004, Bacardi grew into the country’s #3 spirits company. Before joining Bacardi, Mr. Debeuckelaere held marketing positions with Nestlé and brewer Alken-Maes.

    Mr. Debeuckelaere will be based in Geneva, Switzerland (subject to permit approval).

  • Ignacio del Valle

    Regional President – Latin America & Caribbean

    Ignacio del Valle is responsible for commercial operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    A 21-year veteran of Bacardi, del Valle has worked his entire Bacardi career in Latin America & Caribbean across different markets and functions. For more than 15 years he has served on the regional leadership team in commercial and production roles including Country Manager for Central America and Managing Director for South America. He most recently led Caricamar which includes the Caribbean, Central America, and the Andean countries of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

    Mr. del Valle is based in Panama City, Panama.

  • K.C. Kavanagh

    Senior Vice President & Global Chief Communications Officer

    K.C. Kavanagh is responsible for internal and external corporate communications, as well as brand public relations campaigns for the Bacardi portfolio of iconic brands. In addition, Ms. Kavanagh oversees the company’s corporate and brand archives ensuring the preservation of legacies, management of heritage assets, and protection of brand trademarks.

    Prior to joining Bacardi in October 2016, Ms. Kavanagh was most recently with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. where she was a member of the company’s senior leadership team and led global communications for the hotel giant and its 11 brands. Prior to Starwood, she oversaw public relations for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

    Ms. Kavanagh is based at the global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.

  • Mahesh Madhavan

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mahesh Madhavan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited and was elected a Director by the Board in September 2017.

    A more than 20-year veteran of Bacardi, Mr. Madhavan most recently led Europe for Bacardi as its Regional President where he was responsible for commercial operations. During his tenure with Bacardi, he has held leading roles within various emerging markets including Regional President of Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA), Managing Director of India, Managing Director for Thailand and the Philippines, and Managing Director of South Asia and Southeast Asia.

    Mr. Madhavan is based at the global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.

  • Scott M. Northcutt

    Senior Vice President – Human Resources

    Scott Northcutt is responsible for all aspects of employee career development, employee benefits, succession planning, as well as management and organization development.

    He joined Bacardi in August 2009 with more than 20 years of experience in the international human resources field, having held key leadership positions in several global companies.

    Prior to Bacardi, Mr. Northcutt served as Global Executive Vice President of Human Resources for DHL Express with the responsibility of motivating, retaining and rewarding the performance of 150,000 employees. During his tenure, DHL was recognized around the world as an “Employer of Choice” and as a “Best Place to Work.”

    Mr. Northcutt is based in the global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.

  • Alejandro Ouziel

    Regional President – Asia Middle East & Africa

    Alejandro (Alex) Ouziel is responsible for commercial operations in the Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) region.

    Prior to this regional appointment, Mr. Ouziel was Vice President & Managing Director of Eastern Europe and Russia. In this role, he expanded the importance of the region within the global business while strengthening the performance of the Company’s impressive portfolio of spirits across that emerging market. During his tenure with Bacardi, he has also served as Area Director for the Poland, Baltic and CIS regions.

    Mr. Ouziel has more than 20 years’ of sales and commercial operations experience in the consumer goods industry. Prior to joining Bacardi in 2010, Mr. Ouziel held leadership roles in numerous multinational companies including JTU, Gallaher and Gallina Blanca.

    Mr. Ouziel is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

  • Eduardo Sánchez

    Senior Vice President & General Counsel

    Eduardo Sánchez is responsible for the global legal function.

    Prior to joining Bacardi in 2003, Mr. Sánchez served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of North and Latin America with the Coca-Cola Company. Before that, he was Vice President and General Counsel with Bestfoods, a leading international consumer food company acquired by Unilever. He spent seven years in Brussels as Division Vice President and General Counsel for Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Bestfoods. Mr. Sánchez also worked as international corporate counsel with Firestone Tire & Rubber and United Brands.

    He began his legal career in 1977 with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City.

    Mr. Sánchez is based in the global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.

  • Jacques Tortoroli

    Executive Vice President &
    Chief Administration Officer
    President & CEO of Bacardi International Limited

    Jacques Tortoroli is responsible for global oversight of Finance; Operations and Supply Chain; Procurement; Information Technology; Strategy, Insights & Analytics; eCommerce; and Real Estate (including brand homes and visitor centers) functions.

    Mr. Tortoroli has more than 35 years of leadership experience across Strategic and Financial Planning, Sourcing, Risk Management, Knowledge Management, Internal Audit and Investor Relations.

    Prior to joining Bacardi in 2014, Mr. Tortoroli held the dual role of EVP of Financial Services for Viacom and EVP & Chief Financial Officer for Viacom Media Networks (formerly MTV Networks).

    Mr. Tortoroli is based in the global headquarters in Hamilton, Bermuda.