Chairman of the Board
Jonathan Yusen is the President and Managing Director, Americas, of William Grant & Sons, a fifth-generation, Scottish born, family-run spirits company whose portfolio includes The Balvenie and Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotches, Monkey Shoulder and Grant’s Scotch, Hendrick’s Gin among others. Jonathan is a member of the company’s Global Executive Board and is chairman of Peter Mielzynski Agency, the company’s majority-owned Canadian selling agency servicing the Beer, Wine and Spirits industry. Outside the company, Jonathan is the chairman of the American Distilled Spirits Association, a supplier-led spirits industry advocacy group.
Jonathan started in the spirits industry in 2001, when he joined Allied Domecq’s Global Innovation team and subsequently led the company’s U.S. Sauza Tequila and Malibu Rum businesses. When the company was sold in 2005, Jonathan followed the Malibu brand to Pernod Ricard, where he led the brand’s global marketing efforts. In 2007, Jonathan joined William Grant & Sons as SVP, U.S. Marketing, where he built a world class marketing team. Since taking on the Managing Director role for the US in 2013, and for the Americas in 2016, he has led his team in delivering exceptional growth across the William Grant & Sons portfolio, in partnership with the company’s distributor and agency network.
Prior to joining the spirits industry, Jonathan worked in consumer-packaged goods at General Mills, and in the electrical industry, where he sat on the board of his family’s third-generation wholesaler business, Yusen Associates.
Jonathan received his BA and MBA from Dartmouth College, and lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Meredith, and their three children.