US craft brewery Stone Brewing has appointed Maria Stipp as its new CEO, effective 14 September 2020.
Stipp was chief executive of Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing Company for five years, before stepping down from the role earlier in 2020.
Previously, Stipp held the position of president at ecoATM and executive vice president at Activision. She has also served in roles at Miller Brewing Company and Kellogg Company.
Newly appointed Stone CEO Maria Stipp
Upon assuming leadership of Stone, Stipp will oversee the company’s East and West Coast brewing production facilities and its bistro and tap room locations, as well as distribution to more than 40 countries.
As CEO of Stone brewing, Stipp will lead Stone Distributing Co., which distributes more than 40 brands of craft and specialty beverages throughout eight counties of northern and southern California.
Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing co-founder and interim CEO, said: “Maria has all the qualities we were looking for in a CEO. She brings experience from a very well-respected brewery and experience from outside the industry too.
“She lives up to our values and has long admired our revolutionary spirit. Most importantly, she’s someone co-founder Greg Koch and I are honoured and excited to work with.”
Greg Koch, Stone Brewing co-founder and executive chairman, added: “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Maria to team Stone. She has experience with companies both similar and quite different than our own. We’ll no doubt benefit from her strong leadership. In addition, she is clearly passionate about the beers, the ideals and the philosophies that Stone represents.”
Last year, Stone Brewing divested a brewery and taproom in Berlin to BrewDog.
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