Statement by Dan Leese, Distilled Spirits Council Board Chair and Hotaling & Co. President and CEO, and Chris Swonger, President and CEO of DISCUS and Responsibility.Org, on the Passing of William Lee Lyons Brown Jr, Former CEO of Brown-Forman

“The spirits industry has lost another great leader and visionary with the passing of Lee Brown. He propelled Brown-Forman into the future, greatly expanding the company’s reach around the globe and more than quadrupling annual sales. As a fourth-generation family member to work at Brown-Forman, he was deeply involved not only in the business but also in preserving the heritage and history of the company. But his legacy goes far beyond his business accomplishments including his service to his country as an international trade advisor for multiple presidents and his philanthropic endeavors. He has made a lasting impact on the entire spirits industry and will be greatly missed. His leadership was something to be admired, and we share our deepest sympathies with all those who loved him.”