Constellation Brands Appoints Sam Glaetzer To Lead Wine & Spirits Division

By Robert McHugh
Constellation Brands Appoints Sam Glaetzer To Lead Wine & Spirits Division

Constellation Brands, the beverage alcohol company, has announced that Sam Glaetzer has been appointed as the company’s new executive vice president and president, Wine & Spirits Division, effective March 11, 2024.

Glaetzer succeeds Robert Hanson, who previously held the role.

In addition to Glaetzer’s new responsibilities leading the company’s Wine & Spirits Division, he will also serve as a member of Constellation’s executive management committee.

'Portfolio Transformation'

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead our Wine & Spirits team as we look to more fully capitalise on our portfolio transformation and accelerate the overall performance of this business going forward,” said Glaetzer.

“We have a solid strategy and foundation for growth in place, and one of the most talented teams in the industry.


"I look forward to working with my colleagues across our Wine & Spirits Division, as well as our wholesaler and retailer partners, to realise our full potential in the years ahead.”


Glaetzer brings nearly 30 years of wine and spirits industry experience to this role.

He joined Constellation Brands in 2014 as managing director of the company’s New Zealand and Australian operations.

Glaetzer has served in a number of leadership capacities in areas such as general management, international commercial sales, supply chain operations, product quality, new product development, acquisition integrations, and divestitures. Most recently, Glaetzer served in the role of senior vice president, Global Operations and International Sales at Constellation.

'Pivotal Time'

“Sam is a well-rounded senior leader with a wealth of experience in wine and spirits and a successful track record of driving commercial and operational efficiency and effectiveness,” said Bill Newlands, president and chief executive officer at Constellation Brands.

“Now that our strategic wine and spirits brand portfolio transformation is largely complete, and as we turn our focus more squarely towards strong commercial and operational execution for this business, Sam is uniquely equipped to lead our Wine & Spirits Division at this pivotal time as we look to deliver growth and improved profitability.”