Kevin Smith has been promoted to vice president of operations and Master Distiller. Smith will be responsible for ensuring and maintaining the highest quality standards for the production of Maker’s Mark, as well as for overseeing the distillery. Rob Samuels, global brand manager since 2OO6, has assumed the new position of director, global brand development, responsible for the expansion of Maker’s Mark internationally. Jen Meier has joined as senior brand manager, responsible for managing the business in the US. Prior to joining she served as a brand manager for E J Gallo Winery.