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Beam Suntory names first Chief Innovation, R&D & RTD Officer

Beam Suntory names first Chief Innovation, R&D & RTD Officer

Beam Suntory has appointed Olga Osminkina-Jones to be its Chief Innovation, R&D and RTD Officer.

In this new position, Osminkina-Jones will lead global innovation, global research and development, and the ready-to-drink (RTD) business in the North America and International regions for products developed outside of Japan.

She will join Beam Suntory from PepsiCo, where she has served as Vice President & General Manager, Global Hydration Portfolio and Innovation and has most recently been focused on Premium Global Food & Beverages.

"As we pursue our growth ambitions, innovation will play an increasingly important role, and we also see that ready-to-drink products present a massive growth opportunity for us, at the cross-roads of important consumer trends such as refreshment, better-for-you and convenience,” said Albert Baladi, president & CEO of Beam Suntory.

“That’s why we’ve created the position of Chief Innovation, R&D and RTD Officer, and why Olga is ideally suited for this new role. Olga is a dynamic leader and a passionate brand builder, innovator and marketer with a keen focus on luxury and premium products and a track record of disrupting categories. Olga’s depth of expertise, coupled with Suntory’s legendary capability in innovation, product development and the RTD category, are a powerful combination that can help accelerate our global premium spirits ambitions for years to come."

Osminkina-Jones brings 18 years of experience at Pepsi, Danone, Heineken, Estée Lauder and Procter & Gamble, and has worked in a variety of roles across developed and emerging markets, based out of Moscow, Geneva, Paris and New York.

During her career, she has led the development and launch of premium and luxury brands, re-launched, re-energised and turned around mature brands, and created innovative digital partnerships and business models.

Osminkina-Jones will join Beam Suntory on September 30, and she will report to Jessica Spence, President of Brands. She will also work closely with the company’s region presidents, including Japan/China region president Sho Senba, who will retain global responsibility for the Suntory RTD brands and products. She will also be a key partner to the company’s supply chain leadership in driving quality through the value chain.