John McDonnell has launched and marketed a number of successful global spirits brands and is highly regarded as a leader in his industry. He earned widespread respect for his service as Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the national trade association representing America’s leading distillers.
John began his career at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, where he spent 18 years in domestic and global sales and marketing. As the company’s European V.P. of Sales, he successfully led Seagram’s US $1.1 billion business in the region.
In January 2005, John joined Patrón as Chief Operating Officer. He led the company’s international and duty free expansion into over 130 countries and islands worldwide, helping Patrón become the world’s number one tequila brand in retail value. During John’s tenure, Patrón’s revenue multiplied dramatically, from US $75 million to US $600 million. While there, John was actively involved with the company’s leadership in environmental responsibility and in Patrón’s ongoing contributions to charities.
Now as Managing Director, International for Tito’s Handmade Vodka, John has been leading the spectacular global expansion of the brand – growing in just five years from only a few international locations to 130 countries today. Among its charitable involvements, the company actively supports Emancipet which reduces the population of homeless dogs, helping owners who lack the funds to give safe, affordable care to their pets.
In addition to his corporate duties, John is drawn to improving the world around him – globally and locally. He has a special place in his heart for civic and educational causes related to his beloved hometown of Boston, including the Dorchester Youth Collaborative. John is on the Board of Trustees at Fisher College in Boston and is honoured to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.