Brown-Forman Structures Tech Leadership Around Supply Chain


Jack Daniel’s whiskey maker

Brown-Forman Corp.

in March restructured its technology leadership around the supply chain, which the company’s chief financial officer has identified as a source of pressure.

For Brown-Forman, glass supply pressures were the largest driver of supply-chain disruption,

Leanne Cunningham,

the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, said in its third-quarter earnings call last month. The company is also facing cost pressures from rising commodity prices, including agave and grain, she noted.

“Our cost increases have been driven by our efforts to minimize the impact of the supply chain disruptions largely related to the glass supply constraints,” Ms. Cunningham said during the call.

Tim Nall,

the company’s former chief information officer, was promoted March 2 to senior vice president, chief global supply chain and technology officer. He reports to Chief Executive Officer

Lawson Whiting.

On March 16, the company named

Dan Muraski

as CIO.

Brown-Forman CIO Dan Muraski.



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Brown-Forman Corp

Brown-Forman CISO Sailaja Kotra-Turner.



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Mr. Muraski, a veteran of more than 12 years at the company, said he plans to focus on supply-chain efficiency, as well as the company’s data-analytics capabilities.

“We can better inform our supply chain with better planning, so to me that is probably the number one place where technology can play a role,” Mr. Muraski said Wednesday in an interview. “There are probably things we could do to our processes around planning and ordering that we could do better,” he said.

Sailaja Kotra-Turner

was named the company’s first chief information security officer on March 16. She reports to Mr. Nall. Ms. Kotra-Turner, joined the company in September 2020 as global director of information-technology security and governance. She previously held roles at

Brinker International

and

Texas Instruments.

Glass supply shortages affected the beverage industry as demand increased during the pandemic, said

Andrea Teixeira,

a

J.P. Morgan

senior equity research analyst.

The Louisville, Ky.-based company’s brands include Old Forester bourbon, el Jimador tequila, Fords Gin and Korbel sparkling wine. It sells its products in 170 countries.

The Covid pandemic has strained global supply chains, causing freight backlogs that have driven up costs. Now, some companies are looking for longer-term solutions to prepare for future supply-chain crises, even if those strategies come at a high cost. Photo Illustration: Jacob Reynolds

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Appeared in the April 16, 2022, print edition as ‘Brown-Forman Revamps Tech Leadership.’



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