John McDonnell
Managing Director International at Tito’s Handmade Vodka

John McDonnell has launched and marketed a number of successful global spirits brands, bringing hard work and business acumen to many countries around the world.

John began his career at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, spending 18 years in domestic and global sales and marketing. In January 2005, he joined The Patrón Spirits Company as Chief Operating Officer. He led the company’s international and duty-free expansion into over 130 countries and territories worldwide. In addition to helping Patrón become the world’s #1 tequila brand in retail value, John is widely credited for having established the ultra-premium tequila category around the world.

Today at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, he is highly regarded as an industry leader. He earned widespread respect for his service as Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the national trade association representing America’s leading distillers.

Now he’s sharing his wisdom with others helping people (and companies) reach their goals. He has spoken to audiences as diverse as the Wall Street Journal, American Express, the Financial Times and the Boston Celtics, including a successful TEDx talk at Suffolk University.

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John McDonnell