The Vaya Group Partners with Global Spirits Company Beam Inc. for Talent Development

  The Vaya Group Partners with Global Spirits Company Beam Inc. for Talent

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- June 11, 2013

The Vaya Group, a full-service talent management consultancy, announced today
that Beam Inc.—one of the world’s largest premium spirits companies—has
selected The Vaya Group to help develop and grow Beam’s high-potential leaders
for senior roles in the organization. The partnership, which includes
comprehensive talent assessment and executive development, will provide Beam
with a clear strategy for further developing key talent while fostering the
company’s culture and strengthening employee engagement.

“As we continue to build on our rich 200-year heritage and further accelerate
our business performance, developing the leadership skills and capabilities of
our key leaders is a critical part of our talent strategy,” said Sue Gannon,
Vice President Talent, Culture and Organizational Development for Beam. “By
investing in the continued growth and development of our most talented
individuals, we can help drive more value, growth and results for our
business, brands and people.”

As part of the partnership, The Vaya Group will help enhance Beam’s
high-potential talent program by clearly defining the competencies, behaviors
and potential needed to achieve excellence in each executive leadership
position. In addition, The Vaya Group will assess Beam’s key executives and
leaders using performance metrics closely tied to Beam’s core competencies and
business strategy. The process includes feedback and customized development
plans to help ensure that Beam’s most critical talent is prepared for
executive roles now and into the future.

“Maintaining a strong leadership pipeline is the key to driving sustainable
growth in today’s global organizations,” Gannon added. “By more clearly
articulating what ‘great’ looks like for leaders across Beam, we can take our
performance to the next level.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Beam and help them develop a more robust
talent pool for executive leadership roles,” said Paul Eccher, co-founder and
principal of The Vaya Group. “Along with the reinvention of several other
talent management strategies in recent years, their decision to supercharge
their succession planning for senior executives well positions Beam for future

For more information about The Vaya Group, visit

About Beam Inc.

As one of the world’s leading premium spirits companies, Beam is Crafting the
Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for
the company’s brands, including Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Sauza
Tequila, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whisky, Courvoisier Cognac, Teacher's
Scotch Whisky, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Knob Creek
Bourbon, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Larios Gin, Whisky
DYC and DeKuyper Cordials. Beam is focused on delivering superior performance
with its unique combination of scale with agility and a strategy of Creating
Famous Brands, Building Winning Markets and Fueling Our Growth.Beam and its
3,400 passionate associates worldwide generated 2012 sales of $2.5 billion
(excluding excise taxes), volume of 38 million 9-liter equivalent cases and
some of the industry’s fastest growing innovations.

Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the ticker symbol BEAM and is included in the S&P 500 Index and
the MSCI World Index. For more information on Beam, its brands, and its
commitment to social responsibility, please visit and

About The Vaya Group:

The Vaya Group is a boutique talent management consultancy that applies
science and precision to the art of talent assessment and development. Founded
in 1997 by Dr. Paul Eccher and Dave Ross, The Vaya Group works closely with
clients to understand their business operations, deliver sage advice and
provide tailored, quality solutions that improve productivity and
profitability. Driven by their passion for helping business leaders and
organizations achieve the behavioral, cultural and leadership changes
necessary for talent sustainability, The Vaya Group’s team of close-knit
consultants operate as an extension of their clients’ business. In August
2011, The Vaya Group was nominated to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 |
5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. For more information, visit


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