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Big Rock Brewery has added the founder of Canadian peer Muskoka Brewery to its board of directors.

Big Rock Brewery was founded in 1985

Big Rock Brewery was founded in 1985

Gary McMullen was confirmed as joining Big Rock's board late yesterday. He joins Calgary-headquartered Big Rock just over a fortnight after the company posted a 10% lift in half-year sales.

Having founded Muskoka in 1996, McMullen left the company earlier this year "to pursue new endeavours", according to the brewer's website. He was also a founding member of the Canadian Association of Small Brewers and the Ontario Craft Brewers Association.

"The board couldn't be more pleased to have such a passionate and driven entrepreneur, founder and brewer join us," said Big Rock chair, John Hartley. "McMullen has built a reputation as a leader who is passionate about people and beer and he will be a valued voice at Big Rock."

Last month, Big Rock announced a new CEO & president. Wayne Arsenault, a former CEO at Canadian pet food maker Corey Nutrition Co and VP with Moosehead Breweries, will take on the role from 7 September. Arsenault has also held management roles at Molson Coors and The Coca-Cola Co.

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