MIAMI and DALLAS, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC ("Southern Glazer's")—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—today announced the appointment of Lee Brian Schrager to Senior Vice President, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. Schrager will report to the Office of the CEO and President, with Wayne Chaplin as Chief Executive Officer and Shelly Stein as President, respectively.
Schrager joined Southern Wine & Spirits in 2000 as Director of Media Relations and Special Events. In his newly expanded role, Schrager will lead communications strategy and corporate social responsibility efforts for Southern Glazer's. He will also continue to oversee The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals, and focus on expanding into new markets.
Schrager will be based in Miami, and will move into the new state-of-the-art facility in the Wynwood Art District later this year, which will also house the company's Artisanal Fine Wine & Spirits division, Special Events, Communications and South Beach Wine & Food Festival® teams.
Reporting to Schrager includes:
Debbie Litwak, Vice President, Internal Communications. Litwak most recently served as Vice President, Corporate Communications for Glazer's. She has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications and marketing. For Southern Glazer's, Litwak is responsible for developing and executing communication strategies, programs and initiatives that effectively engage employees while promoting the organization and its business objectives. She will be based in Dallas.
Cindy Haas, Senior Director, Public Relations. Haas is joining Southern Glazer's with more than 21 years of experience in public relations and marketing. Most recently, she served as Group Director, Corporate Communications & Community Relations for Ryder System, Inc. For Southern Glazer's, Haas is responsible for providing company-wide strategy on media outreach, external communications planning, content development, editorial support and corporate social responsibility. She will be based in Miami.
About Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC is North America's largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, distributes more than 150 million cases of wine and spirits annually, and employs more than 20,000 team members.
Southern Glazer's urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly.