NEW BELGIUM ANNOUNCES CEO, TWO EXECUTIVES
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.