Directors & Officers
Board of Directors
David A. BurwickClass B Director, Member Since: 2005
In April 2018, Mr. Burwick was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Beer. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc., a specialty coffee and tea company based in California, since December 2012. Preceding that role, starting in April 2010, Mr. Burwick served as President, North America of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW), a publicly-held company based in New York City and a leading provider of weight management services. Mr. Burwick previously had been Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo North American Beverages, a division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), headquartered in Purchase, New York, until September 2009. Before assuming that position in April 2008, he had been Executive Vice President, Commercial, of PepsiCo International and President of Pepsi-QTG Canada, headquartered in Toronto, a position he held from November 2005 to March 2008. Mr. Burwick held several positions with Pepsi-Cola North America, including serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from June 2002 until immediately prior to his move to Pepsi-QTG Canada.
Mr. Burwick has extensive experience leading consumer products organizations. His significant experience in the beverage industry has also been integral in helping shape our overall brand development strategies during his time on Boston Beer’s Board of Directors since May 2005. Prior to accepting the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2018, he served on our Compensation Committee since May 2005, including as Chair from May 2006 to May 2013, and on our Nominating/Governance Committee since May 2005, including as Chair since May 2013.
David P. FialkowClass B Director, Member Since 2016
Mr. Fialkow is a Managing Director of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley, with approximately $5 billion in total capital raised. He co-founded the firm in 2000. His focus areas include travel, health and wellness, financial services, and e-commerce. His portfolio of investment includes Catalant, CLEAResult (acquired by General Atlantic), Datalogix (acquired by Oracle), Datto, Index, OGSystems, Outdoor Voices, TrueMotion, and Virtue (acquired by Oracle). Mr. Fialkow sits on boards of various not-for-profit entities, including MIT’s School of Engineering and Facing Ourselves. He has raised millions of dollars to support children’s programs by biking, running, climbing, and rowing. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Pan-Mass Challenge, which has raised over $650 million for cancer research to date. Mr. Fialkow and his wife Nina also produce documentary films focused on social justice, several of which have premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. He is a producer of the documentary Icarus, which earned the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Mr. Fialkow holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.
Mr. Fialkow has extensive entrepreneurial, operational, senior management, and board-level experience, including in the areas of venture capital, technology, consumer marketing, specialty retail, and corporate governance. He has served as a member of our Audit Committee since May 2017 and a member of our Nominating/Governance Committee since May 2018.
Cynthia A. FisherClass B Director, Member Since: 2012
In 2011, Ms. Fisher founded WaterRev, LLC, an investment company located in Newton, Massachusetts, focused on innovative technology companies that enable sustainable practices of water use. She is an independent investor and consults to corporate boards and executive management teams. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE: DEA), a publicly-held real estate investment trust. In 1992, Ms. Fisher founded ViaCord, Inc., a cord blood stem cell banking company, and served as its Chairman and CEO from 1993 to 2000. In 2000, she co-founded ViaCell, Inc., a cellular medicines company, and served as President and on the Board of Directors. ViaCell, the successor to ViaCord, went public in 2005 (NASDAQ: VIAC) and was subsequently sold to PerkinElmer (NYSE: PKI) in 2007. Ms. Fisher is the spouse of C. James Koch, Boston Beer’s Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Ms. Fisher serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies and on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit businesses, including the National Park Foundation, Patient Rights Advocate, and FitMoney.org. She co-founded and is Chairman of Fitmoney.org, which provides curriculum for K-12 financial literacy. She also previously served on the Board of Directors of Water.org. Ms. Fisher holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS and honorary Doctorate of Science from Ursinus College. She brings significant entrepreneurial experience, as well as insight in business strategy, operations, and consumer marketing to the Board’s overall business perspective.
C. James (Jim) KochClass B Director, Member Since: 1995
Mr. Koch founded Boston Beer in 1984 and currently serves as its Chairman. Until January 2001, Mr. Koch also served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. He also served as the Company’s Secretary and Clerk until May 2010. Prior to starting Boston Beer, he had worked as a consultant for an international consulting firm, with a focus on manufacturing.
His thirty-four years at the helm of Boston Beer, during which it has grown from a small start-up company to its current position as a leading craft brewer, are a testament to his skill in brewing, strategy, brand development, and industry leadership.
Michael SpillaneClass A Director, Member Since 2016
Jean-Michel ValetteClass A Director, Member Since: 2003
Mr. Valette currently serves as an independent advisor to select branded consumer companies. He is also Chairman of the Board of Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR), a Minneapolis-based bedding company. In July 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of Intertek Group plc, a publicly-traded global quality assurance and testing company active across a broad range of sectors and geographies, based in London, England. Until November 2012, he was Chairman of the Board and a member of the Audit and Nominating/Governance Committees of Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc., a California-based specialty coffee company; since then he is a Director and Chairman of its Audit and Valuation Committees. Until October 2006, he was also Chairman of Robert Mondavi Winery, a California wine company. Prior to assuming that position, he had served as President and Managing Director of Robert Mondavi Winery from October 2004 to January 2005. From May 2003 through May 2006, Mr. Valette served as a Class B Director of Boston Beer.
Mr. Valette has more than twenty-five years of experience in management, public company corporate governance, strategic planning, and finance, with extensive experience in the alcohol beverage industry. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also serves as a director of several private companies. Mr. Valette serves as the Chair of our Nominating/Governance Committee, a position he has held since May 2018 after previously holding that position from May 2004 until May 2013. He has also served as a member of our Audit Committee since May 2003 and our Compensation Committee since May 2018. He was named Boston Beer’s Lead Director in May 2013.
Audit Committee (Chairman)
Nominating/Governance Committee (Chairman)
C. James KochChairman and Founder
Jim Koch currently serves as our Chairman. Mr. Koch founded Boston Beer in 1984 and was the Chief Executive Officer from that time until January 2001.
David A. BurwickPresident and Chief Executive Officer
David A. Burwick was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Beer in April 2018. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc., a specialty coffee and tea company based in California, since December 2012. Preceding that role, starting in April 2010, Mr. Burwick served as President, North America of Weight Watchers International, Inc., a publicly-held company based in New York City and a leading provider of weight management services. Mr. Burwick previously had been Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo North American Beverages, headquartered in Purchase, New York, until September 2009. Before assuming that position in April 2008, he had been Executive Vice President, Commercial, of PepsiCo International and President of Pepsi-QTG Canada, headquartered in Toronto, a position he held from November 2005 to March 2008. Mr. Burwick held several positions with Pepsi-Cola North America, including serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from June 2002 until immediately prior to his move to Pepsi-QTG Canada.
Cheryl A. FisherVice President, Human Resources
Cheryl A. Fisher was appointed Boston Beer's Vice President, Human Resources in October 2016. She joined the Company in 2014 as Director, Human Resources for Brewing and Operations. Prior to joining Boston Beer, Ms. Fisher held several vice president or director-level positions in the human resources field, including roles with Houghton International Inc. in Valley Forge, PA from 2012 to 2014, Reynolds Packaging Group in Illinois from 2008 to 2012, and Alcoa Inc. in Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2008.
John C. GeistChief Sales Officer
John C. Geist was appointed Boston Beer’s Chief Sales Officer in January 2016, after serving as our Vice President of Sales from 2007 to 2015 and National Sales Manager from 1998 to 2007. Mr. Geist joined the Company in 1997 from a large alcohol beverage distributor where he had been a sales manager.
David L. GrinnellVice President, Brewing
David L. Grinnell was appointed Boston Beer’s Vice President, Brewing effective January 2008, after serving as the Company’s Director of Quality and Brewing since 2001. Mr. Grinnell joined Boston Beer in 1988 from New Amsterdam Brewing Company, where he was a founding member.
Tara L. HeathVice President, Legal & Deputy General Counsel
Tara L. Heath was appointed Vice President, Legal & Deputy General Counsel of Boston Beer in July 2016. She joined the Company in 1997 and has held various positions during that time, including Senior Corporate Counsel, Director of Regulatory Affairs from 2013 to 2016 and Senior Manager & Attorney for Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2013.
Matthew D. MurphyChief Accounting Officer
Matthew D. Murphy was appointed Chief Accounting Officer of Boston Beer in August 2015. Prior to the appointment, Mr. Murphy held the position of Corporate Controller at Boston Beer since September 2006. Prior to joining Boston Beer, he was Chief Financial Officer of Opodo, a leading European online travel agency, from 2004 to 2006.
Frank H. SmallaTreasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Frank H. Smalla was named Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Boston Beer on February 19, 2016, after serving in the interim position of Senior Vice President, Finance since January 2016. Mr. Smalla previously worked in various senior financial roles for Kraft Foods Group, Inc. of Northfield, Illinois from 1995 through 2015, most recently as Senior Vice President, Finance of U.S. Business Units, U.S. Sales, Integrated Supply Chain, RDQ and Marketing Services. He held the positions of Senior Vice President of Finance from 2012 to 2015 and Vice President of Finance from 2010 to 2012.
Quincy B. TroupeSenior Vice President, Supply Chain
Quincy B. Troupe was appointed Senior Vice President, Supply Chain in January 2016. Mr. Troupe has over fifteen years of supply chain management experience in the consumer food industry. Prior to joining Boston Beer, he served as Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Strategy, for the Pepperidge Farm division of Campbell Soup Company, Inc. from 2013 to 2015, and as Vice President, Supply Chain for Campbell North America from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining Campbell Soup, Mr. Troupe served in various senior operational roles with Mars, Inc. of McLean, Virginia from 1997 to 2010.
Michael G. AndrewsAssociate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary*
Michael G. Andrews was appointed Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Boston Beer in July 2016. He joined the Company in 2011, holding the positions of Senior Corporate Counsel from 2014 to 2016 and Attorney from 2011 to 2014. Prior to joining Boston Beer, he worked as an Associate Attorney at the law firm BLA Schwartz of Boston, Massachusetts from 2005 to 2011.
*Not an Executive Officer