Big Rock has a new CEO after founder Ed McNally stepped down

Big Rock has a new CEO after founder Ed McNally stepped down

Big Rock Brewery has appointed a new CEO after founder Ed McNally stepped down from the position.

McNally has retired with immediate effect and is replaced inthe role by Robert Sartor, the company announced yesterday (March 15). However, McNally, who founded the brewery in 1985, will retain his position as board chairman. 

Sartor, who was appointed after an "extensive search", was formerly CEO of sports retailer Forzani Group until it was acquired by Canadian Tire Corporation last August. Prior to joining Forzani, he held senior financial roles with Avenor Inc, the Oshawa Group and Kraft General Foods Canada. 

"We are thrilled to have attracted an executive of his calibre and experience," said McNally. "Based on his track record, we expect Bob will enhance the brewery's prospects for continued growth and profitability."

It is the second major appointment at Big Rock in the past six months. Last October, the brewer appointed Barbara Feit as CFO as a replacement for Dwayne Dubois