Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (“CB A ”) (Nasdaq: BREW), an independent craft brewing company, announced today that Ken Kunze has been appointed chief marketing officer. Kunze, a seasoned marketing executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in the consumer packaged goods, beer and beverage industries, will join the company November 4, 2013 and will report to Andy Thomas, President of Commercial Operations.
As CMO, Kunze will be responsible for the marketing and management of CB A ’s dynamic portfolio of brands, including Widmer Brothers Brewing, Redhook Brewing, Kona Brewing Co., Omission and Square Mile Cider Company, as well as oversee innovation and new brand development.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Ken to CB A ,” said Thomas. “His extensive experience building and evolving well-loved consumer brands for leaders like Heineken and PepsiCo will be immensely valuable as we continue to grow CB A ’s distinctive family of brands. With Ken on board, we are further reinforcing our commitment to finding new and exciting ways to bring our brands to life and advance our competitive edge as the only company to combine the soul of a craft brewer with the body of a big brewer.”
As CMO for Sabra Dipping Co, a PepsiCo joint venture, Kunze led the marketing strategy that resulted in brand awareness growing +32%, household penetration jumping +80% and sales doubling in his three years. These efforts drove market share +18 pts for a market leading 60 share of the hummus category and converted 26 million Americans into hummus consumers for the first time.During his tenure at Heineken USA, Kunze helped lead Heineken USA to be a top performing US beer company and was an Ad Age Top Ten Marketer of the year for his work on brand Heineken. Kunze oversaw the development of the long-running and award-winning “It’s All About The Beer” campaign for brand Heineken, as well as developed and launched the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World” campaign. Other highlights include the launch of Heineken Premium Light, the Heineken Keg Can, Heineken Draft Keg, HUSA’s first Spanish language advertising and numerous movie tie-ins, including the first James Bond partnership and blockbusters like Austin Powers.