Brown-Forman announces Jason Koval as Director of Investor Relations, effective March 19

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky , March 15, 2012 (press release) – Brown-Forman (NYSE: BFA)(NYSE: BFB) announced today that it has appointed Jason Koval as director of investor relations for the company, effective March 19, 2012. Koval succeeds interim Director of Investor Relations Mark Stegeman, who will continue to serve as assistant treasurer for Brown-Forman. Before joining Brown-Forman, Koval headed investor relations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) In that role, he led investor relations activities and communications with the investment community.

Under Koval’s leadership, Starwood’s Investor Relations function achieved a first place ranking in 2011 by Institutional Investor magazine. He brings a breadth of investor relations and capital markets expertise that will further strengthen Brown-Forman’s relationships with the investment community and help foster appreciation for the company’s long-term strategic focus on creating value for shareholders.

Before joining Starwood in 2006, Koval worked as an analyst on the buy-side at Invesco funds group, the sell-side at Banc of America Securities, and in the investment banking group at JP Morgan. He holds degrees from Yale University, The London School of Economics, and Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 3,900 employees and sold in approximately 135 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.

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