PETER H. CRESSY
Dr. Peter H. Cressy joined the Distilled Spirits Council as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 1999. A distinguished educator and retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Dr. Cressy has a lengthy history of leadership positions.
He came to the Distilled Spirits Council following six years as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Under his tenure, the University had a significant impact on the economic, educational and cultural resurgence of Southeastern Massachusetts. U.S. News & World Report honored the University by recognizing it as a Top Ten Northern Regional University. Dr. Cressy's academic career also included two years as President of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (a state college) as well as numerous teaching assignments.
His 28 year naval career included key appointments at the State Department, House of Representatives, the Pentagon and several commanding officer positions. His operational assignments included duties in Alaska, Japan, Iceland, Italy, the Mediterranean and shipboard duty off the coast of Vietnam during the evacuation of Saigon and the Mayaguez Rescue. He concluded his career as Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean and Commander, NATO Air Mediterranean during Desert Storm.
A 1963 graduate of Yale University, he has a Master's Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, an MBA from the University of Rhode Island, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco. He also graduated with distinction from the Naval War College.
The Distilled Spirits Council is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits products sold in the United States.