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Victor Jerez

Lighthouse Strategies
The President
Up until December 2018, Victor was with William Grant & Sons, the third largest Scotch Whisky player globally and owner of premium spirits brands such as Glenfiddich Single Malt, Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum and Hendricks Gin. At William Grant & Sons, Victor served as Executive Board member, Global Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A,  and Chairman of the company’s leading private label spirits business unit, Quality Spirits International.

Previously until 2016, Victor was Global Director of Corporate Strategy and M&A for the #2 Wines and Spirits player worldwide, Pernod Ricard, owner of leading premium liquor brands such as Jameson Irish Whiskey, Absolut Vodka, Chivas and Ballantine’s Scotch Whiskies, Malibu, Kahlua, Jacobs Creek, and many more.

As head of M&A for these companies, Victor led the acquisitions of top-shelf craft brands such as La Guilde Single Village Cognac, Monkey 47 Gin, Smooth Ambler Whiskey, Del Maguey Mezcal and Kenwood Wines among others.

Before his roles in Corporate, Victor spent a number of years as General Manager, leading large scale in-market spirits businesses in Brazil and Poland.

Previous to his entry into the wines and liquor industry, Victor worked for almost a decade at a leading Strategy Consulting firm working on global engagements for leading FMCG companies such as PepsiCo, Bausch & Lomb, General Motors and others. Victor began his professional life in architecture, as lead designer and project manager at top architecture firms in the USA and Latin America. Victor is a board certified Registered Architect in the state of New York.

Over the years, Victor has also kept a close eye on the emerging cannabis industry, and from 2016 until the company’s acquisition in July 2018 by Canopy Growth, Victor was on the Board of Advisors to Tokyo Smoke / Hiku.

Victor lives between London and Barcelona, and makes frequent trips to his third base in New York City.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, March 27
 

12:00pm