Evolving Craft Portfolio Strategies

Recorded during Brewbound Live Winter 2018.

Felipe Szpigel, President of Craft, Anheuser-Busch

Felipe Szpigel is the president of Anheuser-Busch’s craft division, The High End. In this role, oversees a portfolio that includes brands like Stella Artois, Shock Top, Goose Island, Golden Road, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Four Peaks, Karbach, Breckenridge Brewery, Virtue Cider, Devils Backbone, Veza Sur, and SpikedSeltzer. Szpigel’s appreciation for great beer and amazing experiences led him to Anheuser-Busch InBev 17 years ago in Brazil as a global management trainee, and he never looked back, rising through the company’s sales organizations, including region sales vice president in Brazil and global vice president of trade marketing, based in the US. A lifelong learner and explorer, Szpigel currently resides in New York City with his wife Paula and daughter Stella. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Brazil’s IBMEC and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo.

Ben Dollard

President - Craft & Specialty, Constellation Brands

Ben Dollard is the president of Constellation’s craft & specialty beer division and a member of the beer leadership team. In this recently appointed role, Ben is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Constellation’s craft & specialty beer business. Ben joined Constellation in 2001 as the senior vice president marketing of Pacific Wine Partners (PWP), a joint venture between BRL Hardy of Australia and Constellation Brands. Ben was later appointed President of PWP where he played a key role in Constellation’s acquisition of Blackstone, Rex Goliath and Black Box, turning PWP into one of the fastest growing premium wine companies in the U.S. He later served as the senior vice president of Constellation Brands International before being promoted to Chief Growth Officer. Most recently, Ben held the position of SVP – Chief Marketing Officer for the Wine & Spirits Division. Before joining Constellation Brands, Ben began his beverage career in Adelaide, Australia, with BRL Hardy Wine Company in international sales and marketing before moving to the company’s U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he assumed the position of company president.