President and Chief Executive Officer, Brown‑Forman Corporation

Lawson Whiting is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Brown‑Forman Corporation. He has served on the company’s Executive Leadership Team since 2013.

Prior to being appointed CEO, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Brown-Forman, where he oversaw regional operations, global production, and corporate responsibility.

Lawson began his career at Brown-Forman in 1997 in the corporate development group, and subsequently served as the Director of Investor Relations, Director of Finance for wines, Director of Global Business Strategy for the Jack Daniel’s family of brands, and Director of Finance, North America Region. He was then promoted to Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Western Europe, based in London, before returning to the US as Chief Brands Officer. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

Lawson resides in Louisville with his wife, Debbie, and their three children.