Brown-Forman Corporation Chief Executive Officer Paul Varga
announced that Michael B. Crutcher, the company's vice chairman,
general counsel and secretary, is retiring effective August 31, 2007.
Crutcher, who joined Brown-Forman as general counsel and secretary in
May of 1989, is responsible for the company's legal and government
relations functions, including the expanded regulatory demands created
by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the New York Stock Exchange, and he serves
as secretary to the company's board of directors and the
board's executive and audit committees. He has also been a
long-serving member of the company's executive and strategy
committees of management. Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Crutcher spent
20 years in private law practice, and he was a senior partner in the
Seattle law firm now known as K & L Gates. Brown-Forman will
initiate an external search to find a successor to Crutcher and hopes to
name that person prior to his retirement at the end of August.