Mark W. Erwin became the president and CEO of the Bardstown Bourbon Company in September of 2019, having previously served on the company's board. Prior to that, Erwin served as the president of the Karakoram Group International, a risk-advisory firm that provides strategic consulting to Fortune 500 companies. He also served as an independent board director of Heritage Oil Plc, an independent upstream exploration and production company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Erwin served for 26 years in the United States Army, culminating his career as the chief of staff of the United States Army Special Operations Command, which oversees all special operations forces of the U.S. Army with a budget in excess of $1.5 billion. While he served in this role, he also coordinated a headquarters staff of more than 1,000 employees. He has commanded at every level of the United States Army’s most elite Special Mission Unit, from captain to colonel, and was deployed numerous times to Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.