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Brandon Scott named Regional President – Central

Johnson Brothers has announced Brandon Scott as the new President of the Central Region. He will be responsible for executing the company’s commercial strategy across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

“We’re excited to have Brandon join our team,” said George Marsden, Johnson Brothers Chief Commercial Officer. “His years of supplier and distributor leadership will play an important role in the future of Johnson Brother’s commercial organization.”

Scott entered the wine and spirits industry in 2001 as a Sales Consultant for Premier Beverage Company in Miami, Florida before joining Windham Distributing Company in Wilmington, North Carolina as a Field Sales Manager. Following his time with Windham, Scott went on to additional supplier and distributor leadership roles in Arkansas and Maryland before relocating to Illinois with Breakthru Beverage where he led a 144-person team, covering three sales divisions and representing their entire supplier portfolio, including Diageo, Bacardi, Brown Forman, and Jackson Family Estates, amongst others.

Most recently, Scott served as Managing Director at the E&J Gallo Winery for the Midwest, where he was responsible for sales execution in the on-premise and retail channels.

“I’m excited to join an amazing family company with great heritage and a clear plan for growth,” said Scott. “I look forward to working with our team members to continue to build upon the existing high-performance culture and ensure we have the right path to market in every state to best service our customers.”

Dwayne Kratt named Johnson Brothers Vice President of External Affairs

Johnson Brothers has announced the addition of Dwayne Kratt as the new Vice President of External Affairs. He will be responsible for government affairs and legislative policy and will work closely with the Johnson Family and the Executive Team, reporting to President & CEO Mark Hubler.

“Dwayne’s experience and existing relationships will be an asset as external affairs continues to be of increasing importance to the alcohol beverage industry,” said Hubler. “We are excited to have him join the team.”

Kratt’s career spans two decades of government affairs and corporate communications. He joins Johnson Brothers from Diageo, where he served as the state government affairs representative for a region that spanned from Maryland to Maine and included South Carolina.

Before joining Diageo in 2008, he worked for Miller Brewing, where his responsibilities included issues management, regulatory and government affairs, and industry communications. He also served as co-chair of the Miller Brewing Company Employee Fund.

Prior to Miller Brewing Company, Kratt worked in the New Jersey legislature, in campaign management, and in the U.S. Congress.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to work at Johnson Brothers, continuing my craft as an alcohol beverage government affairs professional,” Kratt said. “I am even more excited about working at a growing family run company. I look forward to contributing to that growth through our efforts in the public policy arena.”

Kratt graduated from Albion College majoring in both political science and history. He lives in Lodi, Wisconsin with his wife, Stacy, and daughter, Azrael.

Rita Seguin joins Johnson Brothers as Chief Human Resources Officer

Johnson Brothers is pleased to announce the appointment of Rita Seguin to the role of Chief Human Resources Officer. Seguin will be responsible for executing the company’s business strategy, building its talent, capabilities, and organizational design.

“Our team members are paramount to our success, and Rita has long been recognized in the industry as an outstanding business partner and developer of top talent,” said Mark Hubler, President & Chief Executive Officer. “Her demonstrated HR and commercial leadership will be invaluable as we continue to grow our business and team.”

Seguin joins Johnson Brothers from Tilray Brands, a leading cannabis-focused wellness company where she held the position of Global Chief Human Resource Officer for three years. Prior to joining Tilray, she held a series of senior HR leadership roles for Diageo, North America.

“I am excited to join Johnson Brothers and lead the human resources function,” said Seguin. “I look forward to continuing the journey of building a great place to work with great talent and a fantastic family culture.”