Don Sebastiani & Sons, a family-owned wine company based in Sonoma, California, has promoted 32-year wine and spirits industry veteran Tom Hawkins to chief financial officer (CFO) and general manager. In his new position, he will oversee the operations, winemaking and human resources functions of the company.
Hawkins has been chief financial officer at Don Sebastiani & Sons since June 2010. He joined the company in July 2009.
“As CFO over these last three years, Tom has done an amazing job handling the many responsibilities required in this position,” said Donny Sebastiani, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “He has the business expertise to handle all of our operations – from what happens in the vineyard, comes through the winery and goes into the bottle – and oversee everyone who manages this process along the way. His well-deserved promotion to CFO and general manager will allow me to get more directly involved with everyone within the company, and ultimately, have a more meaningful connection with them.”
Hawkins began his career in 1981 at Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., in Frankfort, Kentucky, where he held positions of increasing responsibility for the oversight and management of operations financial reporting and strategic planning. He moved to California in 1999 when he was selected as lead finance executive to oversee Beam’s initial investment in the wine business when they purchased Sonoma County’s Geyser Peak and Canyon Road wineries.
Hawkins played a key role in development and execution of the strategic growth plan for Beam’s wine division, transforming the company from a mid-size premium wine company at conception to an industry leader, culminating in the sale of the division to Constellation Brands in 2007. During his tenure with Beam’s wine division he was instrumental in the acquisition of Wild Horse Winery in 2003, as well as the integration of industry leading brands Clos du Bois, Gary Farrell, Buena Vista, Atlas Peak and Cockburns acquired from Allied Domecq in 2005.
"Since joining the company in 2009, I have developed a deep appreciation and respect for the Sebastianis and the whole team,” said Hawkins. “I’m proud to be a part of this company and to build upon the legacy of such an iconic family.”