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Swonger brings tech sector experience to spirits association

Government relations executive will be CEO of both Distilled Spirits Council and foundation focused on responsible drinking.


October 26, 2018
By Lori Sharn

The new CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council left the industry nine years ago, and that might have made all the difference. Chris Swonger’s  background leading global government relations for a diversified technology and engineering company—combined with his previous experience as a spirits industry lobbyist—helped make him a very attractive candidate.   

His time with Smiths Group “hopefully will give me a unique perspective to contribute to the greater good of the distilled spirits industry,” Swonger told CEO Update. “It’s an awesome industry and it will be a privilege for me to be back and representing the industry in a different capacity.”