Constellation Brands, Inc. a beverage alcohol company has announced that it has increased the size of its board of directors from 10 to 11 members. The board has elected Susan Somersille Johnson, corporate executive vice president and chief marketing officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc., to serve as a member of the board, effective July 18, 2017.
“We’re pleased to welcome Susan to the board of directors,” said Constellation’s Chairman of the Board Richard Sands. “Susan’s deep understanding of brand strategy and marketing, as well as her passion for technology, will make a great addition to Constellation as we continue to build on the existing strengths of our board and the company’s leadership position in total beverage alcohol.”
Since August 2014, Johnson has served as corporate executive vice president and chief marketing officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc., one of the nation’s largest and strongest financial services companies, where she oversees the company’s brand strategy, corporate and line of business marketing operations, and serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
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“I’m excited to join the board of one of the most dynamic and successful total beverage alcohol companies in the U.S.,” said Johnson. “I have tremendous respect for Richard and Rob Sands and the company they have built. I look forward to sharing and contributing ideas from my own experiences, and collaborating with and learning from the other board members.”
Prior to SunTrust, Johnson led global marketing for NCR Corporation, a world leader in consumer transaction technologies, where she successfully developed a marketing strategy that revitalized and repositioned the brand. She held positions in customer marketing at Nokia, product planning and management at Nuance Communications, and enterprise and retail product marketing at Fujitsu. Johnson began her career with Apple as a product manager where she developed the pricing strategy for new products in Japan.
In 2017, Johnson was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine, which honors female African-American C-Suite executives from the top 1,000 publicly traded U.S. corporations. She serves on the Board of Directors of Wise Individualized Student Experience (WISE) Services, which partners with high schools throughout the country to prepare students of all ability levels to succeed beyond high school by developing real world skills.
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, a craft brewer in the U.S. In addition, Constellations premium wines include Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, The Black Velvet Distilling Co. in Alberta, Canada, High West Distillery in Wanship, UT and High West Saloon in Park City, UT.