Coors Distributing Company president Scott Whitley has been tapped as the new CEO of MillerCoors’ craft and import division, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the company announced last week.
Effective Oct. 1, Whitley will replace outgoing CEO Tom Cardella, who is retiring at the end of the year.
In a note to employees, MillerCoors CEO Tom Long describes Whitley as a “uniquely qualified” veteran with more than 33 years in the beer industry.
“As president of Coors Distributing Company in Denver since 2008, Scott has gained invaluable experience in growing a diverse portfolio of craft and import brands, including leading brands from Blue Moon Brewing Company and Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company,” the letter read.
Tenth and Blake, whose headquarters are in Chicago, markets a variety of craft and import beverages including those from Blue Moon Brewing, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, Henry Weinhard’s, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni and Crispin Cider, among others.
Whitley previously held a number of senior roles, including vice president of integration planning at MillerCoors, vice president of global strategy at Molson Coors and chief market development officer at Molson Coors Canada.
Chris Kozina, the current chief of human resources at MillerCoors and the chairman of Coors Distributing’s board of directors, will succeed Whitley as the president of Coors Distributing Company.