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Tom Santel was formerly President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch International, Inc., and Vice President of Corporate Planning for Anheuser Busch Companies, Inc., which was a St. Louis-based global corporation that operated the largest U.S. brewing organization, the second-largest U.S. manufacturer of aluminum beverage containers and one of the largest theme park operations in the country.
had overall responsibility for the company's beer businesses in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, South America, Canada and Asia.
He also oversaw strategic and financial planning for Anheuser Busch.
Under Santel's leadership, Anheuser-Busch International
, which had sales of $1.2 billion, increased profits by over 40% on a constant currency basis.
In 1996 he was named a member of the company's Strategy Committee, which was the group of senior executives responsible for corporate policies and strategic direction.
From 1998 through 2008, he was a board member of Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico's leading brewer.
He currently serves on the boards of Boys Hope Girls Hope, St. Louis University High School and the St. Louis chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
He is a member of the Chancellor's Council of the University of Missouri-St.
Prior to joining Anheuser-Busch in 1983, Santel worked as a CPA for Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), a major international accounting firm.
Santel graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Louis University in 1980 and received a master's of business administration in finance from the University of Missouri-St.
Louis in 1987.
Following the receipt of his degree from Washington University and three years in the U. S. Air Force, Tom began a long business career with an established St. Louis firm where he rose through the ranks to the position of company president in 1995.
specialities with the company included project management, quality control, financial management and marketing.
Tom has served on a various business related local and national committees and boards.
has received numerous honors including the AIA Gold Honor Award
for Lifetime Achievements and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University
The mayor of the city of Kirkwood appointed Tom to terms on the Board of Adjustment and the Architectural Review Board and he currentlyserves on the Community Advisory Board for SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, MO.
Tom is past president of the Rotary Club of St. Louis and The Executives Association of St. Louis.