Lee Ashton

Vice President and Director of International Human Resources and Global Talent Acquisition, Brown-Forman Corporation

Lee Ashton is the Vice President and Director of International Human Resources and Global Talent Acquisition at Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky.  Brown-Forman is an independent, publicly-traded producer and marketer of premium spirits, wines, and other adult beverages.
Ashton is accountable for leading and managing International Human Resources and Talent Acquisition functions for Brown-Forman, and is a frequent speaker nationally on issues related to talent acquisition and assessment.
Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Ashton was the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at MillerCoors in Milwaukee, WI.  He was personally responsible for recruiting executive level talent to Miller and managed all external recruiting resource relations for domestic and global recruiting.  Ashton worked with the Miller Executive Committee members to create and lead a high performance Talent Acquisition organization. Prior to joining MillerCoors, Ashton was the COO of a consulting and boutique executive search firm founded by a former White House cabinet member and was also the Chief Human Resources executive for one of the larger banks in the US and has held positions in Human Resources and Labor Relations at the Vice President level in the US and abroad. 
Ashton earned a BS from Purdue University with highest academic honors, an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, has completed coursework at Harvard University Business School, and the University of Michigan School of business.  Ashton is a certified Behavioral Interviewer and Assessor, a Certified Trainer with Development Dimensions International, a Certified Master Trainer at Achieve Global and a Member of the Golden Key Society for Academic Excellence.  Ashton served in the Navy on various assignments onboard nuclear powered Fast Attack and Ballistic Missile Submarines, and completed Naval Nuclear Power Engineering Training and advanced schools in reactor controls systems.
Ashton is married, has three children, and three grandchildren. He resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana and spends his free time traveling and at his farm outside Indianapolis, IN.

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