New Belgium President and COO Christine Perich to assume CEO position

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New Belgium President and COO Christine Perich to assume CEO position

We've got some big news to share on this fine Monday: New Belgium's President Christine Perich will be taking over the role as CEO, as our co-founder Kim Jordan transitions to Executive Chair of the brewery's Board of Directors. Here's everything you need to know to bring you up to speed:

New Belgium Brewing’s Chief Operations Officer and President, Christine Perich, has been named CEO as Co-founder Kim Jordan transitions exclusively into the Executive Chair of the Brewery’s Board of Directors. The move will allow Perich to focus on short-term strategy, leading the executive team, industry leadership and running day-to-day operations. Jordan will focus on long-term strategy and vision while working with the Board of Directors. Perich, who was hired as New Belgium’s Controller in 2000, took on the role of COO in 2008 and most recently has been handling the roles of both COO and President. She was instrumental in transitioning the brewery into a 100% employee-owned ESOP in 2013.

"After spending the past 15 years as a part of the New Belgium team, I am incredibly excited for this opportunity," said Perich. "With Kim’s continued guidance as Executive Chair and the strength of our management team, I feel very confident in our ability to drive the business forward while honoring all the fundamental elements that have made New Belgium so successful."

The two have worked together closely over the years and there will be an emphasis on continuity going forward. 

"New Belgium Brewing has been my life’s work and I plan to continue in a very active role as Executive Chair of the Board of Directors," said Jordan. "With Christine’s years of experience as CFO, COO and President, she is abundantly qualified to step into this position allowing me to focus on long term strategy and vision. I have complete faith in her ability. We’re excited for this next chapter in our collective history."

The change in roles will be effective 10/9/15.

ABOUT CHRISTINE PERICH

New Belgium Brewing President and Chief Operating Officer

As the President and Chief Operating Officer of New Belgium Brewing Company, and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, Christine leads with integrity and humility, aligning coworkers around shared values and vision.

Perich oversees all daily operations of the company, including the construction, integration and optimization of the company’s second production facility in Asheville, North Carolina, which is slated for completion in late 2015. At the end of 2012, she guided the company through a second stage ESOP transaction that resulted in New Belgium becoming a 100% employee-owned company and B Lab Certified B Corporation.

Christine has been an integral part of New Belgium’s growth and success. When she started at New Belgium in 2000, the company operated a 165,000 barrelage production facility and distributed its beers in 7 states. Now, New Belgium produces more than 945,000 barrels and distributes its products in 39 states and in Alberta, British Columbia and Sweden.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and is a member of the College of Business Global Leadership Counsel, the Dean’s advisory board for the College of Business. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Health-Ade, an industry-leading producer of kombucha, and is a member of the Brewers Association Finance Committee.

Christine is a Colorado native and resides in Fort Collins, where she has raised her 4 children with her husband, Belgian brewmaster and engineer Floris Delée. She is an avid hiker and enjoys traveling, paddle boarding, and riding her horse Beauty. 

ABOUT KIM JORDAN

Co-Founder, Executive Chair

Kim Jordan, co-founder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing, has developed expertise at the intersection of business, the environment and community building to create one of the most respected craft breweries and innovative businesses in America.

Employing humanistic philosophy that is integrated with a systems perspective- tenants of her training in Social Work-  Kim has guided and influenced New Belgium’s culture with progressive policies like employee-ownership, open book management, environmental stewardship and philanthropic giving. In her twenty-plus years as an entrepreneur, Kim has  had the opportunity to speak front of thousands of people in the business, nonprofit and academic worlds about how to create a vibrant and rewarding work culture that enhances the company’s bottom line as well as her coworker’s and customer’s lives.

Kim is a Director on the Boards of 1% For the Planet and the Brewer’s Association. She is Ex Officio Board Member for the Beer Institute.  Named a 2009 Trailblazer by Entrepreneur Magazine, she called craft brewers to action in her 2003 keynote address at the craft brewer’s conference: to double the share of U.S. beers sales to 10%. In 2014, craft had an 11% share of the market. In her 2013 keynote to the industry, Kim’s message was about quality and unity of the brand collectively owned by all craft brewers- craft brewing. 

As CEO and President of New Belgium Brewing, Kim is active in day-to-day Sales, Branding and Organizational Development. Kim spends most of her time stewarding the development of New Belgium’s long-term strategy, sharing the New Belgium story and best business practices and helping to advance the craft brewing industry.

Recognizing her tireless commitment to environmental stewardship, Kim is a member of Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Renewable Energy Authority Board, and has received the Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Award from Colorado University, Denver. A Colorado University Wirth Chair awardee and EPA Green Power Business Leadership awardee, Kim negotiated New Belgium’s transition to wind powered electricity through an employee vote and has overseen the implementation of Colorado’s largest private solar array at the Fort Collins facility.

After 25 years of growing and leading New Belgium, 15 as the company’s CEO, Kim is moving into the role of Executive Chair of the New Belgium Board of Directors.  She’s looking forward to watching her management peers  and coworkers take New Belgium into new and exciting territory.  Kim will continue to be involved in New Belgium at the strategic level and to advocate for progressive business practices while she works with her family at the New Belgium Family Foundation, and relearns how to live at a more relaxed pace!

We've got some big news to share on this fine Monday: New Belgium's President Christine Perich will be taking over the role as CEO, as our co-founder Kim Jordan transitions to Executive Chair of the brewery's Board of Directors. Here's everything you need to know to bring you up to speed:

New Belgium Brewing’s Chief Operations Officer and President, Christine Perich, has been named CEO as Co-founder Kim Jordan transitions exclusively into the Executive Chair of the Brewery’s Board of Directors. The move will allow Perich to focus on short-term strategy, leading the executive team, industry leadership and running day-to-day operations. Jordan will focus on long-term strategy and vision while working with the Board of Directors. Perich, who was hired as New Belgium’s Controller in 2000, took on the role of COO in 2008 and most recently has been handling the roles of both COO and President. She was instrumental in transitioning the brewery into a 100% employee-owned ESOP in 2013.

"After spending the past 15 years as a part of the New Belgium team, I am incredibly excited for this opportunity," said Perich. "With Kim’s continued guidance as Executive Chair and the strength of our management team, I feel very confident in our ability to drive the business forward while honoring all the fundamental elements that have made New Belgium so successful."

The two have worked together closely over the years and there will be an emphasis on continuity going forward. 

"New Belgium Brewing has been my life’s work and I plan to continue in a very active role as Executive Chair of the Board of Directors," said Jordan. "With Christine’s years of experience as CFO, COO and President, she is abundantly qualified to step into this position allowing me to focus on long term strategy and vision. I have complete faith in her ability. We’re excited for this next chapter in our collective history."

The change in roles will be effective 10/9/15.

ABOUT CHRISTINE PERICH

New Belgium Brewing President and Chief Operating Officer

As the President and Chief Operating Officer of New Belgium Brewing Company, and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, Christine leads with integrity and humility, aligning coworkers around shared values and vision.

Perich oversees all daily operations of the company, including the construction, integration and optimization of the company’s second production facility in Asheville, North Carolina, which is slated for completion in late 2015. At the end of 2012, she guided the company through a second stage ESOP transaction that resulted in New Belgium becoming a 100% employee-owned company and B Lab Certified B Corporation.

Christine has been an integral part of New Belgium’s growth and success. When she started at New Belgium in 2000, the company operated a 165,000 barrelage production facility and distributed its beers in 7 states. Now, New Belgium produces more than 945,000 barrels and distributes its products in 39 states and in Alberta, British Columbia and Sweden.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and is a member of the College of Business Global Leadership Counsel, the Dean’s advisory board for the College of Business. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Health-Ade, an industry-leading producer of kombucha, and is a member of the Brewers Association Finance Committee.

Christine is a Colorado native and resides in Fort Collins, where she has raised her 4 children with her husband, Belgian brewmaster and engineer Floris Delée. She is an avid hiker and enjoys traveling, paddle boarding, and riding her horse Beauty. 

ABOUT KIM JORDAN

Co-Founder, Executive Chair

Kim Jordan, co-founder and CEO of New Belgium Brewing, has developed expertise at the intersection of business, the environment and community building to create one of the most respected craft breweries and innovative businesses in America.

Employing humanistic philosophy that is integrated with a systems perspective- tenants of her training in Social Work-  Kim has guided and influenced New Belgium’s culture with progressive policies like employee-ownership, open book management, environmental stewardship and philanthropic giving. In her twenty-plus years as an entrepreneur, Kim has  had the opportunity to speak front of thousands of people in the business, nonprofit and academic worlds about how to create a vibrant and rewarding work culture that enhances the company’s bottom line as well as her coworker’s and customer’s lives.

Kim is a Director on the Boards of 1% For the Planet and the Brewer’s Association. She is Ex Officio Board Member for the Beer Institute.  Named a 2009 Trailblazer by Entrepreneur Magazine, she called craft brewers to action in her 2003 keynote address at the craft brewer’s conference: to double the share of U.S. beers sales to 10%. In 2014, craft had an 11% share of the market. In her 2013 keynote to the industry, Kim’s message was about quality and unity of the brand collectively owned by all craft brewers- craft brewing. 

As CEO and President of New Belgium Brewing, Kim is active in day-to-day Sales, Branding and Organizational Development. Kim spends most of her time stewarding the development of New Belgium’s long-term strategy, sharing the New Belgium story and best business practices and helping to advance the craft brewing industry.

Recognizing her tireless commitment to environmental stewardship, Kim is a member of Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Renewable Energy Authority Board, and has received the Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Award from Colorado University, Denver. A Colorado University Wirth Chair awardee and EPA Green Power Business Leadership awardee, Kim negotiated New Belgium’s transition to wind powered electricity through an employee vote and has overseen the implementation of Colorado’s largest private solar array at the Fort Collins facility.

After 25 years of growing and leading New Belgium, 15 as the company’s CEO, Kim is moving into the role of Executive Chair of the New Belgium Board of Directors.  She’s looking forward to watching her management peers  and coworkers take New Belgium into new and exciting territory.  Kim will continue to be involved in New Belgium at the strategic level and to advocate for progressive business practices while she works with her family at the New Belgium Family Foundation, and relearns how to live at a more relaxed pace!

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