Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Leaving Loretto? Departures at Maker's Mark

In a shocking development, at least to me, Maker's Mark announced a couple of departures. General Manager & Master Distiller Denny Potter and Head of Innovation & Blending Jane Bowie, the driving force behind several popular Maker's Mark expressions, look to follow in Jackie Zykan's footsteps.

Just as we saw with Zykan's recent departure from Old Forester to do her own thing, Potter and Bowie are leaving Maker’s Mark shortly to pursue their own ventures.

As of now, there aren't a lot of details about Potter's and Bowie's plans, or how Maker's Mark will respond, Managing Director Rob Samuels released a brief statement in a just published newsletter.

For nearly seven decades, Maker’s Mark has stayed true to the vision of our founders Bill and Margie Samuels…to be innovators of the craft and to make a Bourbon whisky that people want to enjoy drinking and sharing with friends.

We’ve been incredibly fortunate over the years to have key individuals join our Maker’s Mark family who have been tremendous custodians of this legacy – people like Denny Potter, General Manager & Master Distiller, and Jane Bowie, Head of Innovation & Blending.

Just like our founders, Denny and Jane also have an entrepreneurial itch and have expressed a desire to blaze their own trails in the Bourbon industry with a new venture. While Denny and Jane will depart with our utmost thanks on Sept. 2, they will always be members of the Maker’s Mark family.

I simply can’t thank Denny and Jane enough for the tremendous impact they have had on Maker’s Mark around the world. I will be announcing their successors in due course and in the meantime, we will continue to create the highest quality bourbon and pursue an exciting future for this great brand.

That's it. That's all we know for now but we will update you as soon as we have new information.



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