Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. (CBA) (Nasdaq: HOOK), an independent craft brewing company, has hired Andrew (Andy) Thomas to complement and enhance the company’s growth opportunities in providing quality craft beer and new beer experiences to consumers. In his role as the president of commercial operations, Thomas will be accountable for all sales and marketing activities at CBA and will report directly to CEO Terry Michaelson. Thomas recently served as a consultant for CBA.
“We are pleased to welcome Andy officially to our team as he has been an instrumental advisor for the past 18 months and a driving force in the progression of our brands,” said Terry Michaelson. “His industry knowledge and expertise is an ideal fit for CBA’s culture and goals, particularly in reinforcing our commitment to craft and the high-end beer market. Andy further accelerates CBA’s growth strategy of building our brands through more quality craft beer offerings and new beer experiences for our consumers.”
Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in consumer packaged goods and the beverage industry. He recently served as an independent marketing and strategy consultant and senior adviser to The Monitor Group. Andy spent more than 12 years at Heineken International, working with brewers and beers in more than 55 countries across four continents, most notably as president & CEO of Heineken USA from 2005 - 2007.
“As an avid beer lover, I am excited to join an outstanding brewing company like Craft Brewers Alliance, which combines great brands like Kona, Redhook and Widmer Brothers, with an industry-leading team and valuable wholesale partners,” said Andy Thomas. “CBA has an incredible opportunity to accelerate its growth by connecting more closely to our consumers through brand enhancement, a broad portfolio of craft beers and operational excellence. I look forward to taking a leadership role in that effort and enjoying the great beer.”Andy holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bryant University. Andy is a native of Massachusetts and an avid Boston sports fan.