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Olson named COO of Guinness Import.

Olson named COO of Guinness Import

William Olson has been named to the new position of chief operating officer of Guinness Import Co., according to Michael Hughes, Guinness' president and chief executive officer.

Olson, 33, joined Guinness in 1986, serving as eastern division sales manager and, since 1988, as vice president for sales.

Hughes will continue on as CEO of Guinness Import Co. and Guinness Import Company Canada, and will undertake a number of new responsibilities at the board level for Guinness Brewing Worldwide (GBW). Concurrent with Olson's appointment, Hughes will split his time between the U.S. and the Great Britain headquarters, effective October 1. Hughes will report directly to GBW managing director Brian Baldock.

As COO, Olson will be responsible for all functions in the day-to-day operation of the company. "Bill has been a tremendous force in realizing the potential of our brands since being appointed vice president-sales in May, 1988, and he was crucial to the success of our $21-million acquisition of All Brand Importers in January 1990," Hughes said when announcing the Olson's promotion. "This new position reflects Olson's success in consolidating the business, solidifying our distributor network and winning the support of our suppliers worldwide."

Prior to joining Guinness, Olson served as senior division manager at Coca Cola USA, and as associate brand manager at Seven-Up.

Lawrence Underwood, central division manager, will succeed Olson as vice president of sales.
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Title Annotation:William Olson; chief operating officer of Guinness Import Co.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Aug 12, 1991
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