ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Monday, the trial between Francine Katz, the so-called Queen of Beer, and Anheuser-Busch begins.
Here's a rundown of the major players involved with the case.
One of the top executives at Anheuser-Busch and the highest ranking woman at the brewery.
Katz served as Vice President-Corporate Communications of Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. beginning in July 2002 and its Vice President of Consumer Affairs beginning in 1999. She was responsible for the company's brand marketing public relations, employee communications, communications for investor relations, government affairs, legal communications and b2b communications. She spearheaded the corporate social responsibility campaign including the company's alcohol awareness and education programs. She served as a member of the Strategy Committee which was made up of top executives responsible for overseeing all of the business units. She resigned December 31, 2008. While she was the official spokesperson for the brewery, she never had the same relationship with August Busch the III as her predecessor, John Jacob.
John E. Jacob
Served as Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Chief Communications Officer of Anheuser-Busch since 1994. He was also a member of the company's Strategy Committee guiding the future decisions of the Brewery. But more important than his title, company insiders say Jacob was one of August Busch the III's most trusted advisors and confidants. Prior to joining Anheuser-Busch, he served from 1892-1994 as the president and CEO of the National Urban League and oversaw the League's affiliates in more than 100 cities. He is the recipient of 19 honorary doctoral degrees and Chairman Emeritus of Howard University. He retired from Anheuser Busch in 2006, at the age of 71 after August Busch the IV was named President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mary Ann Sedey (Katz's attorney)
Sedey, principal partner in Sedey Harper, has practiced law in St. Louis for 30 years representing employees in work-related disputes. She is a nationally recognized employment law expert with a reputation as an unafraid fighter willing to take on corporate giants. In 2007, a Human Resources trade publication named Sedey one of the nations' "Top 10 Plantiffs' Attorneys to fear the most."
Jim Bennett (Lead attorney for Anheuser-Busch)
According to Dowd Bennett's website, "Jim Bennett has acted as lead trial and appellate attorney in multiple cases in multiple jurisdictions. Since 2006 he has tried to judgment seven cases involving $20,000,000 or more in controversy. Three of these cases involved more than $100,000,000 in dispute. During the same time period, he tried multiple other significant matters to verdict and judgment. He has also acted as lead appellate counsel in recent years for cases decided in the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has a national practice focused on cases that are not expected to settle before trial or appeal."
Carmody, principal parter of Carmody MacDonald, has practiced law in St. Louis for 30 years. He has been recognized on the Best Lawyers in America list for 10 years. In 2011, the publication named him "Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law." His clients include Anheuser-Busch, Boeing and Target Corporation.
August Busch III
The great grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch he served as the company's chairman until November 30, 2006. He's known as "The Third" or Auggie. He ruled the company with an iron fist and his work ethic was legendary. August A. Busch III was elected president of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in 1974, and the next year held a board room coup to succeed his father, August Jr., as chief executive officer. He became the fourth generation of the family to lead Anheuser-Busch. August III led the company to build four additional breweries, expand the family entertainment business and grew the brewery into a multibillion dollar international corporation transforming products like Budweiser into the "King of Beers."
The first non-Busch to rise and become Chairman and CEO of Anheuser Busch. He served as President and CEO from December 2002 to December 2006. Under Stokes' leadership, in 2004, Anheuser-Busch sold an all-time record 103 million barrels of beer domestically, marking the 27th consecutive year of record sales. He served as Chairman from 2006-2008 continuing to grow the business, maintain its reputation, and help prepare August Busch IV to take over the throne. Known as an executive who expects excellence and hard work, he is a private person who rarely grants interviews.
August Busch IV
To those who admire and respect him, August Busch IV was a marketing genius who would lead the 150-year-old company into the future. Known as "The IVth," he is the great-great grandson of the company's founder. His business successes were often overlooked by stories of drugs, personal demons, scandal, rehab, the overdose of his girlfriend in 2010 and his strained relationship with his father.
Less than 18 months into the IV's tenure, rumors circulated that InBev was attempting to buy the company. In April 2008, Busch told beer distributors during an annual meeting that Anheuser-Busch would never be bought "on my watch." As he attempted to save the company, press reports say his father, the III, ultimately convinced the board to sell. In July of 2008, the family's 156-year reign came to an end. Busch holds advanced black belt degrees in the martial arts disciplines of Judo, Tae-Kwon-Do and Hapkido. If he is called to the stand, it will be one of his first public appearance in years. He has been in the shadows since the fatal overdose of Adrienne Martin in 2010.
David Peacock was named President of Anheuser Busch US operation in 2008 after the take- over by Belgium based In-Bev. He was formally Vice President of Marketing at the brewery. He resigned in 2012 to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.
Judge Rex Burlison
Judge Rex M. Burlison assumed the position of circuit judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit on August 11, 2011. He obtained his undergraduate degree, a B.A. in political science/law enforcement, from Truman State University and his law degree, a J.D., from St. Louis University School of Law. He previously held public office as an alderman for the City of Cottleville, Missouri from 1999 to 2000. From April through December 2000, he served as an associate circuit judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit. He is a member of The Missouri Bar, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the Lawyers Association of St. Louis. He is also a member of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Soulard, where he serves as a lector.