Chief Executive Officer
Skidmore College, Bachelor’s Degree, Phi Beta Kappa
Pace University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, Law Review
Rob Sands is Constellation’s chief executive officer. Rob is responsible for providing strategic leadership, working with the board of directors and other management to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. He leads the executive management committee and is a member of the board of directors.
Rob began his career with the law firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery. He joined Constellation Brands in 1986 as general counsel. In 1993, he was appointed executive vice president and general counsel. In 1998, he was named chief executive officer of Constellation International. In 2000, he became group president for Canandaigua Wine Company and the U.K. Division, and in 2002 he was appointed president and chief operating officer for Constellation Wines and Constellation Beers and Spirits. In 2007, Rob was named company president and CEO. In 2018, he continues to lead the organization as CEO and has transitioned his responsibilities as president to Bill Newlands, president and chief operating officer.
Rob is board chairman of the New York Wine and Culinary Center and of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the boards at Pace University, the Rochester Regional Health System and Thompson Health.
Constellation Brands, a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is the third-largest producer and marketer of beer for the U.S. market. The company’s high-end, iconic imported brands include Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S., and Funky Buddha Brewery. In addition, Constellation is the world’s leader in premium wine, selling great brands including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Black Box, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.
2009 WINE ENTHUSIAST MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, given for outstanding achievement in the wine world
2010 DR. LOUIS BERGER MEMORIAL AWARD, presented by the American Cancer Society to a wine and spirits industry leader who exemplifies philanthropic work and is dedicated to the fight against cancer
2011 BEVERAGE FORUM’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, which is given to individuals who, through their lifetime efforts, have materially changed the beverage landscape
2011 LEADERS IN MANAGEMENT AWARD BY PACE UNIVERSITY, which honors alumni for their leadership and contributions to business and the community
2013 INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD, presented by the Greater Rochester Enterprise
2014 EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD, presented by the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, honors a person who exemplifies the spirit of leadership, demonstrates a deep respect for our nation’s fiscal health, and has a significant pattern of public service and philanthropy
2016 SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS’ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2016 HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW’S 100 WORLD’S BEST-PERFORMING CEOS, recognizing CEOs for long-term performance and success
2017 MARKET WATCH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
2017 ROCHESTER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION, honoring businesspeople who have influenced the Greater Rochester community through business achievements as well as personal and philanthropic contributions
2017 BEVERAGE INDUSTRY MAGAZINE’S EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
2017 HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW’S 100 WORLD’S BEST-PERFORMING CEOS, recognizing CEOs for long-term performance and success