John Esposito is President and Chief Executive Officer for Schieffelin & Somerset Co., a leading importer of fine wines and spirits. He has worked in the alcoholic beverage industry for the past 24 years. Schieffelin & Somerset Co. is a U.S. joint venture between LVMH (Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and Diageo. Mr. Esposito, a native New Yorker, was born and raised in Manhattan. He attended All Hallows High School in the Bronx.
Mr. Esposito received his degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College in 1969, attended Columbia University and completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program for International Senior Managers.
Following his graduation from Manhattan College, John began his career by managing a family retail operation. For the next twenty-two years, his career focused on the supplier side of the industry. Mr. Esposito was president of a major distributor in Florida prior to joining Schieffelin & Somerset Co. in 1992 as Senior Vice President of Sales. In 1997 John was appointed Chief Operating Officer, and in 1999 he became President and Chief Executive Officer.
John has been active in charity fund raising throughout his career and has spearheaded many campaigns in his home community of Westfield, New Jersey. He was named “Man of the Year,” an honor bestowed upon him by the Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 1994, and by Boys Towns of Italy, Inc. in 1996, and is a supporter and sponsor of the Boy Scouts of America and UJA.
Mr. Esposito resides in Westfield with his wife Patricia. They have two children, John, who graduated from Georgetown University in 1992; and Jessica, who graduated from Fairfield University in 1995. Both children live and work in New York City.