NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Onda, the fast-growing sparkling tequila brand, today announced a $5 million Series A financing led by Aria Growth Partners, a leading consumer growth equity firm, and beverage industry veteran, Clayton Christopher. 25madison, a venture studio and founding partner, also participated in the Series A round.
The investment will support Onda, which was co-founded by actress Shay Mitchell, in product development of its award-winning sparkling tequila, marketing initiatives, and to further build out its team and continue to expand wholesale, retail and e-commerce distribution channels to reach consumers nationwide.
Along with this latest funding, Onda also announced the appointment of Clayton Christopher, Co-founder and former CEO of Deep Eddy Vodka, and Jim Clerkin, former President & CEO of Moët Hennessy NA, to its Board of Directors, where Clerkin will serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Other key hires include Dan Liguori, Senior VP of Sales & Strategy, who joins Onda with over 20 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions in the beverage alcohol space, most recently leading the U.S. premium spirits division as VP & General Manager at Mark Anthony Brands, and Lauren Haas, Senior Director of Marketing, who brings 9 years of beverage alcohol and CPG marketing experience working with brands including Budweiser, Bud Light, and was formerly Director of Marketing at BABE Wine.
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