John McDonnell

Managing Director International at Tito’s Handmade Vodka

John McDonnell has launched and marketed a number of successful global spirits brands, bringing hard work and business acumen to many countries around the world. 

John began his career at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, spending 18 years in domestic and global sales and marketing. In January 2005, he joined The Patrón Spirits Company and became President, International and Chief Operating Officer, leading the company’s international and duty-free expansion. In addition to helping Patrón become the world’s #1 tequila brand in retail value, John is widely credited for having globally established the ultra-premium tequila category.

Today as Managing Director, International for Tito’s Handmade Vodka, John is highly regarded as an industry leader. He earned widespread respect for his service as Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the national trade association representing America’s leading distillers.

Having launched and marketed successful global brands in 150+ countries & islands worldwide, John is available as guest speaker for sales meetings, product launches & more.

Now he enjoys sharing his accumulated wisdom with others, helping people (and companies) reach their goals. He has spoken to audiences as diverse as the Wall Street Journal, American Express, the Financial Times, eTail Europe, eTail Boston and the BostonCeltics – including a successful TEDx talk at Suffolk University.