Constellation Brands appoints wine and spirits general counsel

Mar 06, 2019
Tiffanie De Liberty has been with company since 2016

Alcoholic beverage company Constellation Brands has promoted Tiffanie De Liberty to the position of senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer (CCO). She reports directly to Jim Bourdeau, executive vice president and general counsel.

As general counsel for the wine and spirits division, De Liberty will contribute to its business strategy and direction. The wine and spirits leadership team comprises senior officials from marketing, sales, operations, finance, legal and human resources. As CCO, she is charged with heading up Constellation’s efforts to ensure the company upholds the highest standards of ethical and legal conduct, chairs the corporate compliance committee and reports the company’s compliance activities to the board’s audit committee.

De Liberty’s promotion is part of a reshuffle in the compliance and legal leadership teams. Kris Carey was previously Constellation’s senior vice president and general counsel for the beer division, CCO and chief diversity officer. She recently moved into a senior vice president, human resources and chief diversity officer role, leaving open the general counsel for the beer division role and CCO role. De Liberty has taken over CCO duties from Carey, while Jeff LaBarge - formerly senior vice president and general counsel for wine and spirits - is now senior vice president and general counsel for the beer division.

De Liberty joined Constellation Brands in 2016 as vice president and associate general counsel for trade practices, leading the legal team that reviews marketing, advertising and trade practices for the firm’s total beverage alcohol (TBA) portfolio.

According to the company, she has developed and implemented alcohol-related training programs, materials and corporate policies and procedures for the company’s marketing and sales functions, and represents Constellation at alcohol industry and advertising trade associations.

Victor, New York-based Constellation is a Fortune 500 company producing and marketing beer, wine and spirits. Its brands include Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point and Funky Buddha Brewery. Its wine brands include Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois and Kim Crawford, and its spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

‘Tiffanie has extensive industry knowledge and experience and is known for her collaborative nature and keen understanding of our business – attributes that are essential to her expanded responsibilities across [TBA],’ Bourdeau says in a statement. ‘In addition, compliance is a critically important area for Constellation, as operating ethically and with integrity has been at the heart of our work for more than 70 years. We look forward to Tiffanie’s continued contributions to the organization.’

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