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Key Anheuser-Busch ‘Beyond Beer’ VP Randy Ornstein Suddenly Exits

Key Anheuser-Busch ‘Beyond Beer’ VP Randy Ornstein Suddenly Exits

The vice president of Anheuser-Busch’s Beyond Beer division has departed the company, Brewbound has confirmed. Randy Ornstein — who oversaw the sales strategy for alcoholic brands like Bon & Viv spiked seltzer, and non-alcoholic offerings such as Hiball Energy – left the company on June 4. The reasons behind Ornstein’s exit are unclear, but a replacement has been identified and an announcement is expected later this month.

Kirin Holdings-Owned Lion Group Hires Simon Thorpe to Lead US Craft Unit

Kirin Holdings-Owned Lion Group Hires Simon Thorpe to Lead US Craft Unit

Longtime beer industry veteran Simon Thorpe has been tapped to lead the North American craft beer division of Kirin Holdings-owned and Australia-based Lion Pty Limited, announced today. The former Pabst Brewing CEO will serve as the managing director of Lion’s mostly undeveloped U.S. craft business.

Veteran New Belgium Communications Director to Depart on May 10

Veteran New Belgium Communications Director to Depart on May 10

Longtime New Belgium Brewing spokesman Bryan Simpson will depart the company on May 10, Brewbound has learned. Leah Pilcer-Pitman, who most recently served as New Belgium’s director of retail development and strategy, will supplant Simpson as director of communications.

Canarchy Appoints New CEO

Canarchy Appoints New CEO

After operating for nearly a year without a CEO, the Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective has appointed long-time beer executive Tony Short to its top leadership post. The Fireman Capital-backed brewery consortium — whose brands include Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Deep Ellum, Perrin Brewing, Three Weavers, and Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch and Squatters) — had been without a chief executive since last May, when David Pillsbury exited the company after about six months on the job. At the time, Canarchy promoted chief operating officer Matt Fraser to the role of president.

Boston Beer Names New CMO

Boston Beer Names New CMO

After an eight-month search, the Boston Beer Company has identified its next chief marketing officer. The country’s second-largest craft brewery today named Lesya Lysyj, who is currently the U.S. president of Welch’s Foods Inc., as its new CMO.

Uinta Brewing Promotes CMO Jeremy Ragonese to Brewery President

Uinta Brewing Promotes CMO Jeremy Ragonese to Brewery President

Uinta Brewing Company announced Monday its third notable leadership change in the last four years, promoting chief marketing officer Jeremy Ragonese to president. Ragonese assumes the role from long-time beer industry executive John Lennon, who took over as CEO in early 2018 following the departure of Steve Mills, who left the Utah-based craft brewery to become CEO of Maine Beer Company.

31-Year-Old Santa Fe Brewing Grows 30-Plus Percent in 2018

31-Year-Old Santa Fe Brewing Grows 30-Plus Percent in 2018

Santa Fe Brewing Company’s focus on its home state of New Mexico and a smaller distribution footprint paid off in 2018. The 31-year-old craft brewery’s sales grew 47 percent in its home state last year — and 37 percent across its eight-state territory — according to vice president of sales and marketing Jarrett Babincsak.