Beam Suntory announced the promotion of Greg Hughes to serve as President, North America, effective January 1, 2019. Hughes is a veteran consumer products executive who is currently Beam Suntory’s General Manager for North America. Hughes joined Beam Suntory in 2015 as General Manager, U.S., before assuming his current position in 2017. Hughes has been a “key leader” in helping Beam Suntory achieve sustained share gains in the U.S. market. Under his leadership, the company’s business in Canada has gained market share since mid-2017, and the Mexico business established its company-owned sales organization earlier this year. Hughes will assume responsibility for the North America region from Albert Baladi, who was named the next President & CEO of Beam Suntory effective April 1, 2019. Baladi will remain Chief Operating Officer until that time.