NEW BEL­GIUM AN­NOUNCES CEO, TWO EX­EC­U­TIVES

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — Erin Dou­glas, The Den­ver Post

New Bel­gium will be un­der new lead­er­ship this fall.

The Fort Collins-based craft brew­ery named a new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer on Mon­day. Steve Fech­heimer, pre­vi­ously at Beam Sun­tory, will re­place Kim Jor­dan, New Bel­gium’s co-founder and for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Jor­dan an­nounced in Oc­to­ber that she would step down, but has been serv­ing as in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive dur­ing the search for new lead­er­ship. She will con­tinue to serve as the ex­ec­u­tive chair of the com­pany’s board of direc­tors.

Fech­heimer joins the em­ploy­ee­owned com­pany from Beam Sun­tory, the world’s third largest spir­its man­u­fac­turer, where he worked as the chief strat­egy of­fi­cer.

“We are so ex­cited to wel­come Steve to New Bel­gium,” Jor­dan said in a news re­lease. “His ex­per­tise at strat­egy de­vel­op­ment and ex­e­cu­tion in the high-end world of spir­its, cou­pled with our 26 years of solid brew­ing and brand­ing, is a per­fect setup for the kind of dy­namic fu­ture New Bel­gium is plan­ning. … We took our time to find a ter­rific can­di­date and feel very lucky that we’ve done just that.”

Fech­heimer plans to move to Fort Collins and will take over the po­si­tion in mid-Au­gust.

Prior to work­ing for the Illi­nois­based spir­its pow­er­house, Fech­heimer worked as the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Sierra Club Green Home and as a con­sul­tant at The Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group and Marakon As­so­ci­ates. He has an MBA from the Univer­sity of Chicago.

In ad­di­tion to a new chief ex­ec­u­tive, New Bel­gium an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a new chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and in­terim vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing.

Joe Davis, who has been part of the brew­ery’s lead­er­ship team since 2013, was ap­pointed as COO.

Jenn Vervier will work as the in­term vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing af­ter the re­cent de­par­ture of Ruairi Twomey. She pre­vi­ously served as New Bel­gium’s di­rec­tor of strat­egy and sus­tain­abil­ity.

New Bel­gium is known for its Fat Tire Bel­gian Style Ale and other Bel­gium-in­spired beers.

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