Directors & Officers

Board of Directors

  • David A. Burwick
    Class 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 Emeryville, California, since December 2012. From April 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Burwick served as President, North America of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW), a leading provider of weight management services based in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Burwick held numerous positions with PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), headquartered in Purchase, New York, including Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Americas Beverages from August 2008 to August 2009; Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and R&D, PepsiCo International from April 2008 to July 2008; President, Pepsi-QTG Canada from January 2006 to March 2008; Chief Marketing Officer, Pepsi-Cola North America from June 2002 to December 2005; and various marketing roles from 1989 to 2002. Mr. Burwick has also served on Boston Beer’s Board of Directors since May 2005.

    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 the Company’s Board of Directors. 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. Fialkow
      Class 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 Nominating/Governance Committee since May 2018 and the Committee’s Chair since May 2019.


      Audit Committee
      Nominating/Governance Committee
      • Cynthia A. Fisher
        Class 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.

        • Meghan V. Joyce
          Class A Director, Member Since: 2019


          Ms. Joyce was appointed to Boston Beer’s Board of Directors in March 2019. She currently serves as the Regional General Manager, United States and Canada, for Uber, Inc., a tech company headquartered in San Francisco. From 2017 to 2019, she has served as Regional General Manager for U.S. and Canada Cities, responsible for business outcomes and rider and driver experience in communities across the United States and Canada. Ms. Joyce served as Uber’s East Coast General Manager from 2015 to 2017 and Boston General Manager from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Joyce previously worked as an investor for Bain Capital and a consultant for Bain & Company.

          Ms. Joyce has extensive experience in business strategy, managing growth, financial modeling, modern consumer recruitment and engagement, digital marketing and implementation of new technologies, and management and retention of diverse employee groups. She has served on our Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating/Governance Committee since May 2019.

          Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating/Governance Committee

          • C. James (Jim) Koch
            Class 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 Spillane
              Class A Director, Member Since 2016


              Mr. Spillane currently serves as President of Categories and Product at Nike, Inc. (NYSE:NKE), a publicly-traded manufacturer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment, a position he has held since May 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Spillane held a variety of roles with Nike dating back to May 2007, including President of Product and Merchandising from April 2016 to May 2017, Vice President and General Manager of Global Footwear from May 2015 to April 2016 and General Manager and Vice President, Greater China from May 2013 to May 2015. From June 2011 to May 2013, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Umbro International, a Nike subsidiary based in England. From September 2009 to June 2011, Mr. Spillane was the Chief Executive Officer of Converse, a Nike subsidiary based in Massachusetts. From 2007 to 2009, he held the position of President, North America and Global Product at Nike. Prior to joining Nike, Mr. Spillane held senior management roles at various apparel and textile companies, including Malden Mills, Tommy Hilfiger USA, Jockey International, and Missbrenner, Inc.

              Mr. Spillane has extensive experience in the marketing of consumer goods, including digital marketing, social media, consumer insight, planning, and merchandising. He also has significant senior corporate governance experience at consumer goods companies, both public and private. He has served as Chair of our Compensation Committee since May 2016 and as a member of our Nominating/Governance Committee since May 2018. He joined our Audit Committee in January 2019.

              Compensation Committee (Chairman), Nominating/Governance Committee, Audit Committee
              • Jean-Michel Valette
                Class 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 has served on our Nominating/Governance Committee since May 2004. He has also served as a member of our Audit Committee since May 2003, and the Committee’s Chair since January 2019, and on our Compensation Committee since May 2018. He was named Boston Beer’s Lead Director in May 2013.

                Lead Director
                Audit Committee (Chairman)
                Compensation Committee
                Nominating/Governance Committee (Chairman)

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                Executive Officers

                • C. James Koch
                  Chairman and Founder


                  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.

                  • David A. Burwick
                    President and Chief Executive Officer


                    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 Emeryville, California, since December 2012. From April 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Burwick served as President, North America of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW), a leading provider of weight management services based in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Burwick held numerous positions with PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), headquartered in Purchase, New York, including Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Americas Beverages from August 2008 to August 2009; Executive Vice President, Marketing, Sales and R&D, PepsiCo International from April 2008 to July 2008; President, Pepsi-QTG Canada from January 2006 to March 2008; Chief Marketing Officer, Pepsi-Cola North America from June 2002 to December 2005; and various marketing roles from 1989 to 2002. Mr. Burwick has also served on Boston Beer’s Board of Directors since May 2005.

                     

                    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 the Company’s Board of Directors. 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.

                     

                    • Samuel A. Calagione, III
                      Founder and Brewer, Dogfish Head


                      Sam Calagione is Founder and Brewer at Dogfish Head Brewery with overall responsibility for managing the Dogfish Head brand. He founded Dogfish Head with his wife Mariah in June 1995 and served as CEO until the July 2019 merger with Boston Beer.  In 2017,  Mr. Calagione won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.  During his twenty-four years at the helm of Dogfish Head, he has grown the company from a small brewpub in Rehoboth, DE to an award-winning nationally-recognized brand and destination. Mr. Calagione's skills in brewing, innovation, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship are an invaluable asset to Boston Beer's leadership team.

                      • Cheryl A. Fisher
                        Vice 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. Geist
                          Chief 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. Grinnell
                            Vice 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. Heath
                              Vice 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.
                              • Lesya Lysyj
                                Chief Marketing Officer


                                Lesya Lysyj joined the Company as Chief Marketing Officer in April 2019. Ms. Lysyj has nearly 30 years of marketing experience in the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining Boston Beer, she served as President U.S. (Sales and Marketing) for Welch’s Foods, based in Concord, Massachusetts from September 2017 to April 2019. From 2013 to 2015, she served as President North America of Weight Watchers International. She was Chief Marketing Officer for Heineken USA, headquartered in New York City, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, she held a number of positions with Kraft Foods from 1990 to 2011, including positions as Vice President Marketing, Confectionary and Executive Vice President of Marketing, Cadbury.

                                • Matthew D. Murphy
                                  Chief 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.
                                  • George J. Pastrana
                                    President, Dogfish Head


                                    George Pastrana is President at Dogfish Head, responsible for managing the operations and leading the leaders of Dogfish Head Brewery. He has over 25 years’ experience in leading consumer businesses, brand development, and consumer product innovation.  Mr. Pastrana  joined Dogfish Head in January 2018 after serving as the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing and Innovation of ACH Food Companies of Chicago, IL from April 2011 to December 2016.  Prior to that, Mr. Pastrana served in senior level roles with SSL International, CIBA Vision, Crayola, Webvan Group, SC Johnson, Schering-Plough, and Procter & Gamble from 1988 through 2011. 

                                    • Frank H. Smalla
                                      Treasurer 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. Troupe
                                        Senior 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.
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                                        Corporate Secretary

                                        • Michael G. Andrews
                                          Associate 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
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