Beatrice Leon is the former CIO Americas for Pernod Ricard North America, which is comprises Pernod Ricard USA, Pernod Ricard Canada, and Pernod Ricard Mexico, and a subsidiary of the Pernod Ricard Group, ranking third worldwide in the wine and liquor industry.
She joined Pernod Ricard in 1999 to oversee the IT segment of the successful integration of Seagram (Chivas, Martell, Seagram Gin, etc.), supporting a threefold increase in revenues, doubling the number of employees, and adding four new locations in the North American hemisphere. She completed the successful move of the headquarters and computer center and redefined the IT application strategy to support current and future business. Leon was responsible for providing information technology, telecommunication services, and technical support to over one thousand employees, from production to distribution and sales, dispatched over two production facilities and nine locations in North America.
Prior to joining Pernod Ricard, Leon was Information Technology Director at DMC Inc., the U.S. arm of DMC SA, a $1 billion textile company, with U.S. customers including The Gap, Levi’s, and Wal-Mart. There she successfully reorganized the IT department, cutting maintenance cost by 30 percent and drastically improving rate of service. Leon started her career in France at Fromageries Bel SA, the maker of Laughing Cow and Babybel, and moved to the US in 1989 to take the role of the information systems manager at Fromageries Bel, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Fromageries Bel SA. Among major achievements, she developed and implemented a sales and marketing system for headquarters and sales managers, using client server technology to give access to sales and marketing data.