VICTOR, N.Y. — Some changes in leadership positions were announced Wednesday at Victor-based Constellation Brands.

The company announced that Bill Newlands has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of the leading beverage-alcohol company.

Rob Sands, who previously held the title of president and Chief Executive Officer will continue to serve as the company's CEO.

Constellation Brands is a Fortune-500 company with operations in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada.

Founded locally in 1945, Constellation has grown to be the third largest beer company in the United States.

It owns about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries and employs approximately 10,000 workers worldwide.