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New Belgium Brewing has appointed Beam Suntory's former chief strategy officer as its CEO, barely 18 months after he assumed the role at the spirits group.

Steve Fechheimer was confirmed late yesterday as the new head of New Belgium, which is the eighth-largest brewer in the US. He replaces co-founder Kim Jordan in the post.

Jordan will continue as chairperson of the board.

Having joined Beam Suntory's former guise, Beam Inc, in 2009. Fechheimer was promoted to chief strategy officer in January last year. In the newly-created role, he was tasked with overseeing corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and IT.

"His expertise at strategy development and execution in the high-end world of spirits, coupled with our 26 years of solid brewing and branding, is a perfect setup for the kind of dynamic future New Belgium is planning," said Jordan.

Fechheimer starts in his new job next month.

At the same time, New Belgium appointed Joe Davis as its chief operating officer and Jenn Vervier as interim VP of marketing. Davis, who has been with the company since 2013, will continue to serve as general counsel, while Vervier moves up from director of strategy & sustainability.

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