Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has announced the appointment of Robert Carruthers as the new Vice President, East Region. In this role Carruthers will lead the company’s sales organization in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina.
“We couldn’t be more pleased Robert will hold this essential role,” said Dan Heller, Executive Vice President of Sales for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “This region is imperative to our success, and his vast knowledge of the industry will ensure our continuous efforts in bringing our brands to consumers in this part of the country.”
Carruthers comes to Ste. Michelle with two-plus decades in the wine industry. Most recently he served as a Senior Vice President for National/Strategic Accounts for Foley Family Wines. Previously, he served in leadership roles at Terlato Wines as well as E&J Gallo Winery. Carruthers is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides with his family in Lexington, S.C.
“Rob’s vast knowledge and experience in the industry will ensure our continuous efforts in bringing our brands to consumers in this part of the country” said Russell Motz, Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “His experience with our major distributor partner, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, will be a major asset as we implement our strategic partnership. He will also be a great leader to the sales team.”
Carruthers replaces Derek VanTine who was recently named Vice President of Customer Marketing for Ste. Michelle.