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Ms. Francine I. Katz

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Employment History

Vice President of Communications and Consumer Affairs

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

Vice President, Corporate Communications

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.


Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

Vice President of Communications and Consumer Affairs


Vice President of Communications and Consumer Affairs


Vice President for Consumer Awareness and Education


Communications Chief


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Francine Katz's motion in St. Louis Circuit Court cites alleged jury instruction errors as well as a statement by the beer company's attorney during closing arguments that the one-time vice president of communications and consumer affairs says was incorrect.

A jury of seven women and five men determined in mid-May that Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against Katz by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor. She had sought more than $14 million in salary and interest.
The 56-year-old Katz spent two decades at the company, rising from a young corporate lawyer to a role as key strategist and the company's top female executive who was often the face of her hometown employer.

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FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo, Francine Katz leaves the Civil Court building in St. Louis. Katz sued Anheuser-Busch in 2009 for gender discrimination, a year after resigning as vice president of communications and consumer affairs for the maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other beers. Closing arguments are expected Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the case after nearly three weeks of testimony. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A jury will continue deliberations in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Anheuser-Busch executive who claims the company paid her less than half as much as her male predecessor.
The panel of seven woman and five men deliberated four hours Thursday afternoon without reaching a verdict in the case of Francine Katz, who filed suit after she left Anheuser-Busch following its 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev. Katz earned roughly $1 million annually after her 2002 promotion to vice president of communications and consumer affairs but is seeking $9.4 million in back pay and damages, plus nearly $5 million in interest and an undetermined amount of punitive damages.
The 56-year-old lawyer said she earned less than half of what her male predecessor, a prominent civil rights activist, was paid.
"She was paid, and paid well, for her position," defense attorney Jim Bennett told jurors during closing arguments Thursday morning, reminding the seven women and five men that Katz reported income of more than $14 million for 2008, an amount that included a severance payment after the company's sale.
The company also argued that Katz opted to file suit only after she was passed over for an executive job with InBev and instead offered a position with lesser responsibilities, which she declined. Katz testified that the new owners' decision played no role in her choice to sue.
Katz was also the victim of a boys-club mentality that saw her excluded from corporate jets, corporate golf outings and other social opportunities, her attorney said.
In a 20-year career during which she rose from a young corporate lawyer to a role as key strategist and the beer-maker's top female executive, Katz became the face of her hometown employer, defending the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light from overzealous regulators and anti-alcohol campaigns.
"Anheuser-Busch has minimized, understated and undervalued the work that Francine Katz did," Sedey said.
Under Missouri law, at least nine of the 12 jurors must side with Katz for her civil claim to prevail.

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Francine Katz Former Vice President of Communications and Consumer Affairs at Anheuser-Busch

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"We have no plans to pull the spots," said Francine Katz, an Anheuser-Busch spokeswoman who credits them with improved sales of Bud Light and low-carb Michelob Ultra.

"We believe there's no doubt these spots are part of our success," she said."I can tell you that people tell us our ads are hysterical and they love them.We look to entertain consumers; we don't worry about what competitors like or don't like about our commercials."She declined to discuss Anheuser-Busch's advertising strategy, including whether its spots would continue challenging Miller by name.

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Katz resigned from A-B after the brewer was acquired by InBev. She later filed a gender discrimination lawsuit alleging that she had been given a smaller salary and bonuses than those given to male executives.

I attended one hearing and noted that Katz is an attractive woman. That might be a problem for her.
Posted in Bill-mcclellan on Sunday, June 3, 2012 12:00 am Updated: 12:50 pm. | Tags: Mary Anne Sedey, Francine Katz, Anheuser-busch, Todd Hewitt, Rams, Bill Mcclellan,

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