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Brown-Forman Corporation Names Fugate as Director, State and Local Government Relations

Posted on December 02, 2019

Louisville, K.Y.—November 26, 2019 - Brown-Forman Corporation announced today that Les Fugate will join Brown-Forman as Director, State and Local Government Relations, effective December 9, 2019. Fugate succeeds Rusty Cheuvront who is retiring from Brown- Forman on December 31.

In this role, Fugate will establish and strengthen relationships with key industry and government officials and trade organizations in all fifty states. As part of the largest American- owned spirits company, Fugate will share Brown-Forman’s contributions and economic impact, as well as the needs, policies, and positions of our business and industry at the state and local level.

"With years of experience in the government relations area, I know that Les will be an effective team member and help strengthen our already capable team," said Jim O’Malley, Senior Vice President, Director, Global Government Relations, Brown-Forman. “I am pleased that Brown-Forman was able to add someone with Les’s experience and talent to our government affairs team.”

Fugate joins Brown-Forman from RunSwitch Public Relations where he served as Executive Vice President and provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and other clients. Fugate’s experience includes chief lobbyist and Executive Director of the Kentucky Beverage Association and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He has worked with the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky, and the Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program and Foundation.

Fugate is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He will reside in Louisville.

For nearly 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Coopers’ Craft, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Slane, and Fords Gin. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by approximately 4,700 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit

Region: Kentucky
Job Function: Director, State and Local Government Relations

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