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Wirtz Beverage Illinois Names Dave Walsh as Vice President of Commercial Strategy


Date: 05/18/10

Wirtz Beverage Illinois today announced the appointment of Dave Walsh to a newly established position as Vice President of Commercial Strategy. Walsh, who brings 23 years of industry experience, will be a key member of the Wirtz Beverage Illinois executive team. The position is effective July 1, 2010.

Walsh will oversee Wirtz Beverage Illinois’ execution of OneWirtz, a company-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This system is the most significant financial and organizational investment to date to enhance business operations nationwide. Walsh’s efforts will focus exclusively on the Illinois operations and will help ensure transparency and information sharing both internally and externally. He will report to Julian Burzynski, Senior Vice President of Wirtz Beverage Illinois.

“We believe there is an enormous potential for growth in the Illinois marketplace,” said Burzynski. “Dave will play an integral role in driving innovation and work flow efficiencies to further enhance supplier and customer revenues in the state. His proven leadership ability and sound problem solving skills will be valuable in the development and implementation of strategies to capitalize on this potential.”

Prior to his new role, Walsh served as Director of Sales for Wirtz Beverage Illinois’ Spectrum Division in addition to numerous other roles with the company.

ABOUT WIRTZ BEVERAGE GROUP
Wirtz Beverage Group, headquartered in Chicago, is one of the nation’s leading alcohol beverage distributors with operations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin. With more than $1.5 billion in annual sales and 3,000 employees, Wirtz Beverage Group counts the world’s elite suppliers as its partners.

Wirtz Beverage Illinois is the state’s leading beverage-alcohol wholesaler providing a vast array of wine and spirits products to restaurants and retailers statewide.

Job Function: Vice President of Commercial Strategy

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