Constellation Brands Appoints Ricardo Bartra as Chief Technology Officer
VICTOR, N.Y., June 26, 2018 − Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that Ricardo Bartra has been appointed as senior vice president and chief technology officer reporting to David Klein, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Bartra will be based out of Constellation’s Chicago office and joins the company effective today.
“Ricardo brings more than 25 years of global experience and IT expertise to Constellation Brands,” said Klein. “He has a track record of establishing enterprise-level technology, security architecture and IT governance to enable company growth, and his visionary approach will ensure Constellation’s IT strategy remains adaptable to an ever-changing digital landscape.”
Before joining Constellation Brands, Bartra was chief information officer and senior vice president for the Americas for DHL Global Forwarding, a business unit of Deutsche Post DHL, the world’s largest logistics group. While there, he was responsible for leading a multinational information technology team focused on implementing DHL’s digital transformation. Prior to joining DHL in 2012, he held multiple information and technology leadership roles for GlaxoSmithKline and Royal PHILIPS Electronics. Bartra is a seasoned leader who shares his talents outside of work as a member of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) Foundation Board, an organization whose mission is to enable the next generation of LatinX technology talent through a lifecycle that begins with students and uses the power of its community to continuously inspire forward.
“I am excited to join Constellation Brands, a company that is driven and smart, and thrives on innovation and new ideas,” said Bartra. “These fundamentals will allow us to accelerate our digital agenda and harness a greater competitive advantage through technology – while striking the right balance on our priorities – and envision the future. I believe that leaders in technology have to realize the global context of our business and the fact that the digital disruption is here. I am looking forward to working with the talented and dedicated IT team and people at Constellation Brands to ensure that technology continues to play a part in driving speed of innovation, business insights and action.”
Of his work with HITEC, Bartra said, “I truly believe you must remember where you came from to know where you are going. I am humbled by the opportunities I have been given and feel fortunate that I have learned from them every step of the way. Working with the Hispanic IT Executive Council Foundation is my way of giving back.”
Bartra has a master’s in information systems management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor’s in systems engineering from the Air Force Academy in Lima, Peru. His extensive knowledge and experience has garnered him recognition on the HITEC’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics in Information Technology” list from 2008-2017.
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S., and Funky Buddha Brewery. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Black Box, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio; about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries; and approximately 10,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised.
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Source: Constellation Brands, Inc.