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Owsley Brown II (1942 - 2011)

Owsley Brown II retired as chairman of Brown-Forman Corporation on September 30, 2007, having served on its board since 1971. He was a member of the fourth generation of his family to be active in the management of the company.

Brown joined Brown-Forman as assistant treasurer in 1968, became assistant vice president in 1970, and in 1971 was advanced to vice president. He was made treasurer in 1975 and senior vice president and chief financial officer in 1980.

In 1983, Brown was promoted to president of Brown-Formanís operating subsidiary. In 1986, he became chairman and chief executive officer of the Brown-Forman Beverage Company, which was formed by unifying Brown-Formanís four separate domestic wine and spirits companies. He was elected chief executive officer of Brown-Forman Corporation in July 1993 and became chairman in July 1995.

After graduating from Yale in 1964, Brown obtained an MBA degree from Stanford University and then served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army at the Pentagon.

Brown served on the board of directors of NACCO Industries Inc. He had been both fund chairman and president of the Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts and was serving as a director at the time this profile was taped. He was a board member of Actors Theatre of Louisville and had twice served as president during major fund drivesóthe first time during the construction of its present home on Main Street, when he was also fund drive chairman, and then during ATLís expansion efforts in 1991-92. Brown also served on the boards of River Fields Inc., the Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and the Partnership for Creative Economies. He wass also on the International Council of Trustees for the World Conference of Religions for Peace.

Biography courtesy Brown-Forman Corporation

Program 201
Newly retired Brown-Forman executive Owsley Brown II, YouthBuild Louisville, The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts, the history of Louisville's Southern Expo, and an interview with Kevin Kouba, president of Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce. (#201)