Anheuser-Busch InBev may be looking inward for a possible successor for CEO Carlos Brito. According to Bloomberg News, Michel Doukeris, CEO of A-B’s U.S. business, is the front-runner to succeed Brito.
Former Wachusett Brewing Company president Christian McMahan has started The Hooch Lab, a consulting firm targeting higher-end brands in the beer, wine, spirits and ready-to-drink FMB space.
FIFCO USA has appointed former Molson Coors executive Dan Hennessy as its new chief sales officer, effective February 8. Meanwhile, San Diego hard kombucha maker JuneShine has hired former Stone Brewing VP of sales Todd Karnig as chief commercial officer. And the Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP) has appointed Adam Harris as executive director of the state guild.
Greg Avola, the co-founder of beer review mobile app Untappd, announced his departure from a day-to-day role at the company last week in a series of tweets. Avola cited the desire to focus on his “health, happiness and family” as his reason for stepping down, which he elaborated on in a post on his personal website. His last day as a full-time employee was January 20. He will remain a part owner of Next Glass.
Bell’s Brewery has appointed Carrie K. Yunker to the newly created role of executive vice president. Yunker, who has worked at Bell’s for nearly two decades and most recently served as VP of human resources, will work with Bell’s founder and president Larry Bell to oversee all aspects of managing the company, as well as leading Bell’s senior leadership team and acting as a go-between to the Michigan craft brewery’s board of directors.
Adam Warrington, who led Anheuser-Busch’s corporate social responsibility team for nearly three years, has left the world’s largest beer manufacturer.
Chicago’s Revolution Brewing has promoted Doug Veliky to chief strategy officer. In his new role, Veliky will be tasked with leading the finance and marketing divisions of the company, as well as helping set the overall strategic direction of the craft brewery.
Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, one of the famed “Class of ’88” pioneers of the craft brewing movement, has announced his retirement, effective December 31.
Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing today announced the promotions of long-time employees Rachel Kiley and Kayla Rumpfeldt to the roles of chief operating officer and chief marketing officer, respectively. As part of the move, Monday Night co-founder Jonathan Baker, who had served as CMO, will transition to CMO emeritus and remain involved in the direction of the brand.
Dr. J Jackson-Beckham has joined the Brewers Association (BA) as equity and inclusion partner, a new full-time role created to “help promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the craft brewing industry,” according to a press release. Following the retirement of long-time executive director Tom McCormick, the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) has hired Lori Ajax as its next executive director, effective January 4, 2021.
Lou Romano, who had served as president of Flying Fish Brewing for the last three years, is exiting the Somerdale, New Jersey-based craft brewery; Sierra Nevada has appointed Kyle Ingram as its brand director; and more job changes in the beer industry.
An early morning fire Wednesday at San Diego-based South Park Brewing Company and Hamilton’s Tavern caused around $1 million in damage to the businesses; Tulsa-based Osage Casinos is cutting ties with Allen, Texas-based Nine Band Brewing Company after the brewery’s founder was arrested on homicide and federal fraud charges; and more news items.
The leader of the nation’s largest state organization representing craft brewers is retiring. Tom McCormick, the executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA), announced today his retirement from the organization.
After a year of sitting vacant, Anheuser-Busch inBev has finally filled its chief strategy officer role. The world’s largest beer manufacturer announced Monday evening the appointment of Benoit Garbe as chief strategy officer, Bob Tallett, A-B’s VP of business and wholesaler development, wrote in a letter to the company’s wholesaler partners.