Hotaling & Co., the San Francisco-based leader in premium spirits distilling and importing, has named Dan Leese, formerly CEO and founder of V2 Wine Group, as its new President and CEO, reporting to Hotaling & Co.’s board of directors.
“Over the past two years Hotaling & Co. has undergone a period of transformation and expansion. Bringing Dan on as President and CEO is another building block in the development of our growth,” says co-owner Tony Foglio. “2020 is going to be a big year for us as we continue to grow our existing portfolio and launch new brands. Dan is a seasoned CEO with entrepreneurial experience and a strong understanding of how to brand build – the ideal combination to take us into the next chapter!”
Leese draws from extensive experience in the US alcohol-beverage industry, including executive positions with Brown-Forman, Beringer Blass Wine Estates, and V2, where he developed and worked with family wineries and launched three owned brands, building a multimillion-dollar enterprise in eight years.
“The opportunities for Hotaling & Co.’s future success are limitless, says Leese, who lives in Mill Valley, CA, with his wife Katy. “I’m excited to be leading such an entrepreneurial spirits company that has already established itself as a leader in the industry. Working beside the exceptional board of directors and the Hotaling & Co. team, 65 strong, I foresee extraordinary growth and innovation.”
Hotaling & Co.’s board of directors consists of Chairman of the Board, Philip Bowman, formerly C.E.O. of Allied Domecq PLC and director of several other public and private companies; Gerry Ruvo, former Chairman of Campari America; Edward Rudd, Business Investment Director of Berry Bros. & Rudd; Emily Rae, Finance Director of Berry Bros. & Rudd; and Tony Foglio.
Founded in 1993, Hotaling & Co. is credited with creating the original American craft gin (Junípero Gin) and whiskey (Old Potrero) after Prohibition. Over the last nine years, the company has grown 500 percent through its distilling and importing business, success that reflects the thirst for super-premium craft spirits amongst American consumers and bartenders.
Hotaling & Co. will continue to sell and market its portfolio of owned brands including Junípero Gin, Old Potrero Rye Whiskies, JH Cutter Whisky, HIRSCH, No.3, Denizen Rum, and The King’s Ginger. Hotaling & Co. will also remain the exclusive U.S. importer representing the renowned spirits portfolio of brands including: Luxardo Liqueur and Cherries, Nikka Whisky, Kavalan Whisky, HINE Cognac, Dingle Distillery, Corby Northern Border Collection, BarSol Pisco, Ypioca Cachaça, Chinaco Tequila, Briottet, C. Drouin Calvados, Slaur, English Harbour Rum, Senior Curacao Liqueur, Etter and F.Meyer.