San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co. has named Dan Leese, formerly CEO and founder of V2 Wine Group, as its new President and CEO, reporting to Hotaling & Co.’s board of directors.
“Over the past two years Hotaling & Co. has undergone a period of transformation and expansion. Bringing Dan on as President and CEO is another building block in the development of our growth,” says co-owner Tony Foglio. “2020 is going to be a big year for us as we continue to grow our existing portfolio and launch new brands. Dan is a seasoned CEO with entrepreneurial experience and a strong understanding of how to brand build – the ideal combination to take us into the next chapter!”
Leese draws from experience in the U.S. alcohol-beverage industry, including executive positions with Brown-Forman, Beringer Blass Wine Estates and V2, where he developed and worked with family wineries and launched three brands, building a multimillion-dollar enterprise in eight years.
“The opportunities for Hotaling & Co.’s future success are limitless,” says Leese, who lives in Mill Valley, CA, with his wife Katy. “I’m excited to be leading such an entrepreneurial spirits company that has already established itself as a leader in the industry. Working beside the exceptional board of directors and the Hotaling & Co. team, 65 strong, I foresee extraordinary growth and innovation.”
Hotaling & Co.’s board of directors consists of Chairman of the Board, Philip Bowman, formerly C.E.O. of Allied Domecq PLC and director of several other public and private companies; Gerry Ruvo, former Chairman of Campari America; Edward Rudd, Business Investment Director of Berry Bros. & Rudd; Emily Rae, Finance Director of Berry Bros. & Rudd; and Tony Foglio.