Brown-Forman nominates Michael A. Todman to board of directors; stockholders will vote during company's annual shareholders meeting on July 24

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky , June 27, 2014 (press release) – Brown-Forman Corporation (BF-A)(BF-B) announced today that Michael A. Todman has agreed to stand for election to the company’s board of directors. Brown-Forman’s annual shareholders’ meeting is July 24 and Class A stockholders will vote on a slate of 12 directors, including 11 incumbent directors in addition to Todman.

Todman is the president, Whirlpool International, Whirlpool Corporation and has served on Whirlpool’s board of directors since 2006. He joined Whirlpool in 1993 and has served in a variety of financial, sales, marketing, new product development, and leadership roles over the course of his career. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Todman held leadership positions at Wang Laboratories and Price Waterhouse and Co. Todman currently serves on the board of directors of Newell-Rubbermaid.

A native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the son of a career diplomat, Todman has lived and/or worked in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Brown-Forman Board Chairman Geo. Garvin Brown IV said, “Mike Todman is a true internationalist with extensive consumer product experience and a proven track record as an executive leader. We look forward to his election this July at our Annual Shareholders’ Meeting and know that he will be an excellent asset to our board and help contribute to our company’s future success.”

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, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, 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 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit

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