Doug Berchtold, president and COO of Sleeman Breweries has resigned his position with the company, effective from 15 February, the company announced yesterday.

Berchtold indicated that the decision was for personal reasons saying: "My twelve years working with John (Sleeman, company CEO) have been incredibly successful and rewarding, on both a personal and professional level. John has built an extremely successful brewing company and the company is in its strongest position ever, with many continuing opportunities and exciting plans for future growth."

He said he had no immediate professional plans.

John Sleeman said: "Over the past dozen years Doug has been invaluable in helping build the strategic direction of the company to its current position as Canada's leading premium brewer. I am very disappointed to be losing Doug, but want to thank him for playing an important role in contributing to our success over the years."