Bacardi Limited has announced the appointment of Mauricio Vergara as president and chief operating officer (COO) of Patrón.
A seven-year Bacardi veteran, Vergara has a background serving in leadership positions across marketing, commercial and general management in both mature and emerging markets. Vergara will report to Chief Executive Officer Mahesh Madhavan, and joins the company’s Global Leadership Team.
Most recently, Vergara served as managing director for Bacardi-Martini Australia and New Zealand, while also leading the international integration of Patrón following the acquisition of Patrón Spirits International AG and its Patrón brand by Bacardi in 2018.
“Tequila is one of the fastest growing and most attractive categories in the spirits industry, and Patrón is the clear market leader in the super-premium space,” says Madhavan. “Mauricio is a highly collaborative and innovative leader with an impressive track record of success across multiple disciplines, brands and markets. In his new role, he will work closely with our regional leaders and brand and operations teams to accelerate growth in the well-established U.S. market, while leading expansion internationally, where consumers are starting to discover and love premium tequila.”
Since joining Bacardi in 2013, Vergara’s career has spanned the globe from Mexico City to Miami to London to Sydney and Bermuda. His roles have included leading Bacardi and Grey Goose globally, managing commercial businesses in Latin America and in the U.S., and heading up global commercial and customer marketing teams.
“Patrón created the ultra-premium tequila market when it launched in 1989, and I am honored to play a role driving growth of the category and the brand in new markets across the globe as well as to continue strengthening our leadership position in the United States,” Vergara says. “Having grown up in Mexico, this is an especially exciting opportunity with a brand I have long loved and admired for its authenticity, quality and integrity. Patrón is ‘simply perfect’ — a tequila that remains hand crafted and committed to perfection every step of the way.”
Mauricio will work with Kathy Parker, who joined the company earlier this year as President and CMO for Patrón and Grey Goose to drive the commercial strategy to build the Patrón brand for the long-term in key global markets. Mauricio will also partner with SVP of Global Operations Jean-Marc Lambert to work torwards the smooth supply chain of Patrón brands across the world. Vergara will also directly oversee the expansion and management of the Hacienda Patrón brand home located in Atotonilco el Alto in the highlands of Jalisco.
In this new role, Mauricio returns to the company’s global headquarters in Bermuda, pending authorization by the Bermuda Immigration Authority. He will also spend time in Switzerland at the Patrón headquarters.
This follows recent moves at Patrón, including the naming of a new master distiller.