Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    Form 8-K

                                 Current Report
     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of
earliest event reported):     June 23, 2003

                            Brown-Forman Corporation
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Delaware                    1-123              61-0243150
(State or other            (Commission         (I.R.S. Employer
 jurisdiction of            File Number)       Identification No.)

 850 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Kentucky           40210
(Address of principal executive offices)         (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code (502) 585-1100

Item 5.  Other Events

On June 23, 2003, Brown-Forman Corporation issued a press release announcing
certain executive promotions.  A copy of Brown-Forman Corporation's press
release of June 23, 2003 is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated
herein by reference.

Item 7.  Financial Statements and Exhibits

 (a)      Not applicable.
 (b)      Not applicable.
 (c)      Exhibits.
          99.1     Press Release, dated June 23, 2003

Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                       Brown-Forman Corporation

Date:   June 24, 2003                     By:  /s/ Michael B. Crutcher
                                                Michael B. Crutcher
                                                Senior Vice President,
                                                General Counsel and Secretary

Exhibit Index
 99.1  Press Release, dated June 23, 2003, issued by Brown-Forman Corporation

                                                                 Exhibit 99.1


Appointments Reflect Succession Plan

Louisville,  KY,  June 23,  2003 -  Brown-Forman  Chairman  and Chief  Executive
Officer  Owsley  Brown  II  announced  today  the  appointment  of  several  top
executives to new positions and the assignment of new  responsibilities to other
leaders  within the  company.  The moves are being made in  anticipation  of the
October 1 retirement of William M. Street, president of Brown-Forman Corporation
and CEO of Brown-Forman Beverages, the company's largest subsidiary. Although he
is  retiring  from  his  executive  role,  Street  will  continue  to  serve  on
Brown-Forman's Board of Directors.

Brown,  age  60,  remains  chairman  and  CEO of  Brown-Forman  Corporation.  In
announcing  the new executive  promotions,  Brown said,  "Our Board of Directors
worked with us for well over a year in shaping,  reviewing,  and  approving  our
succession strategy and we are very pleased with the outcome."

Brown  announced the promotion of Paul C. Varga to president and chief executive
officer of Brown-Forman Beverages. "Paul Varga has brought dedication,  creative
thinking, and leadership to every one of the challenges and opportunities he has
faced  in  his  17  years  at  Brown-Forman.  He  was a  key  architect  of  our
brand-building  strategy  announced last summer, and since 1990 has been working
at the heart of building strong consumer franchises for our company."

Varga joined Brown-Forman in 1986 and soon became a merchandising representative
in Chicago.  Over the next few years he held a series of increasingly  important
sales positions and in 1990 joined the Jack Daniel's  marketing team. In 1994 he
became  director  of the  Office  of CEO,  and in 1996  was  named  senior  vice
president and brand equity director for the company's Global Brand Equity group.
In 1998 he became director of marketing for  Brown-Forman's  spirits business in
North  America,  and in 2000 was promoted to his most recent  position as global
chief marketing officer for the company's spirits brands.

Brown  also  announced  that  James  L.   Bareuther,   currently   president  of
Brown-Forman Spirits Americas,  will be promoted to executive vice president and
chief  operating  officer of  Brown-Forman  Beverages.  "Jim Bareuther  brings a
wealth of industry experience and relationships  developed over a 30-year career
in the wine and spirits  industry," Brown said. "He knows as well as anyone what
it takes to succeed in today's  competitive  retail  environment and will play a
critical role in the day-to-day operations of the entire beverage business."

Since joining  Brown-Forman almost nine years ago, Bareuther has progressed from
serving  as  director  of  spirits  sales to  executive  vice  president  of the
company's spirits business in North America to president of Brown-Forman Spirits
Americas. Prior to joining Brown-Forman,  Bareuther was executive vice president
of sales and marketing for the Seagram Classics Wine Company.

"Phoebe Wood, our chief  financial  officer,  recently joined the Board of Lenox
and I am happy to announce  today that she will take on the  additional  role of
vice  chairman of Lenox and assist  Chairman  Barry  Bramley in the oversight of
this  important  subsidiary,"  stated Brown.  Wood will continue her  critically
important role as Brown-Forman's  chief financial officer, its lead contact with
the investment community, and overseeing the company's Hartmann subsidiary.

As part of the succession  strategy,  Brown-Forman  has also  re-instituted  the
position of vice chairman of the  corporation,  a role that  previously has been
held by such  individuals  as Owsley  Frazier,  Martin  Brown,  and Bill Street.
Owsley Brown  announced  today that Michael B. Crutcher and James S. Welch,  Jr.
have been named to the position of vice chairman of Brown-Forman Corporation.

In addition to retaining his current role as general counsel, Crutcher will take
on  greater  responsibility  for  such  matters  as  industry  relations,  civic
activities,  and the expanding  regulatory demands created by the Sarbanes-Oxley
Act and the New York Stock  Exchange.  "Michael  Crutcher  is well known for his
keen  insights and sound  judgment and he will play a key role in the  company's
leadership," stated Brown.

Along with his  current  duties as head of human  resources,  Welch will take on
responsibility  for  strategic  planning  and the  company's  internal  business
consulting  unit,  and will  coordinate  the company's  activity with its family
shareholders.  Brown said, "Jim Welch brings a well-honed strategic  perspective
to his new duties as vice chairman, and he will continue to play a vital role in
developing the people and organizations that build strong brands."

Brown  also   announced  that  Don  Berg  has  been  promoted  to  president  of
Brown-Forman  Spirits  Americas,  filling the key  leadership  position that Jim
Bareuther  has held.  "Don Berg is a seasoned  and  versatile  executive  and he
brings to his new job the leadership skills and knowledge he has gained from his
broad experiences at  Brown-Forman,"  Brown said. Berg has served as director of
the company's  internal  business  consulting  unit,  president of the Advancing
Markets Group, the head of Corporate Development and Strategy, and most recently
as senior vice president in charge of Brown-Forman  Spirits  Americas  marketing
and open states sales in the U.S.

The company also  announced  that Michael V. Cheek,  who has been executive vice
president,  Brown-Forman  Beverages,  and president,  Brown-Forman Spirits, will
take on a new role for the  company.  Cheek has  expressed a desire to slow down
from his demanding travel schedule and relocate to his home in Naples,  Florida,
where he can work part-time for Brown-Forman while overseeing his other business
interests.  He will continue as chairman of Finlandia Vodka Worldwide and as the
Brown-Forman  director on the board of Glenmorangie PLC. He will also assist the
company with selected global accounts and key strategic relationships,  where he
can utilize his vast  knowledge  of the trade and  distribution  network.  "Mike
Cheek's  great  leadership  of our  world-wide  spirits  business has been a key
factor in our company's  recent growth," said Mr. Brown. "We congratulate him on
his wonderful  years of full-time  service and are delighted that he will remain
closely associated with Brown-Forman."

All the new appointments and new responsibilities take effect August 1, 2003.

Brown-Forman  Corporation is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality
consumer products,  including Jack Daniel's,  Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka,
Canadian Mist,  Fetzer and Bolla Wines,  Korbel  California  Champagnes,  Lenox,
Dansk, and Gorham tableware and giftware and Hartmann Luggage.