Directors & Officers
Board of Directors
David A. BurwickClass B Director, Board Member Since 2005
Mr. Burwick has served on Boston Beer’s Board of Directors since May 2005 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer 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 Emeryville, California, since December 2012. From April 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Burwick served as President, North America of WW International, Inc., formerly Weight Watchers International, Inc., a leading provider of weight management services based in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Burwick held numerous positions with PepsiCo, Inc., 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 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. CalagioneClass B Director; Board Member Since 2020
Mr. Calagione is Founder and Brewer of Dogfish Head Brewery with overall responsibility for managing the Dogfish Head brand and providing insight into all of the company’s brands. He founded Dogfish Head with his wife Mariah Calagione in June 1995 and served as CEO until the merger with Boston Beer in July 2019. He joined the Company's Board of Directors in October 2020. His innovative style has earned him a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional and a reputation as one of the country’s most adventurous brewers; he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, People, Forbes, Bon Appetit, and many other magazines and newspapers. He is also the author of five books, including Brewing Up a Business (2011), Off-Centered Leadership (2016), and The Dogfish Head Book: 25 Off-Centered Years (2021).
During his twenty-five years at the helm of Dogfish Head, he grew the company from a small brewpub in Rehoboth, Delaware to an award-winning nationally-recognized brand and destination. Mr. Calagione’s skills in brewing, innovation, marketing, consumer engagement, media relations, management, distributor relations, and entrepreneurship are an invaluable asset to Boston Beer’s leadership team and the Board.
Cynthia A. FisherClass B Director, Board 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 based in Washington, D.C. In 1992, Ms. Fisher founded ViaCord, Inc., a cord blood stem cell banking company, and served as its Founder, 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 and was subsequently sold to PerkinElmer in 2007.
Ms. Fisher is Founder and Chairman of PatientRightsAdvocate.org, a nonprofit organization seeking healthcare price transparency, giving power to American consumers to know actual prices, competition and, through a functional marketplace and choice, lower costs of care and coverage. She also co-founded and is Chairman of Fitmoney.org, which provides curriculum for K-12 financial literacy. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Water.org. Ms. Fisher also serves on the Board of Directors of Easterly Government Properties, Inc., a public company whose shares are traded on the NYSE, and the National Park Foundation. She brings significant entrepreneurial experience, as well as insight in business strategy, operations, and consumer marketing to the Board’s overall business perspective. Ms. Fisher is the spouse of C. James Koch, Boston Beer’s Founder and Chairman.
Meghan V. JoyceClass A Director, Board Member Since 2019
Ms. Joyce is Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Platform for Oscar Health (NYSE: OSCR), a technology-focused health insurance company based in New York, New York, a position she has held since September 2019. In this role, she oversees Oscar's operations, technology, marketing, and clinical operations, as well as its technology and services solutions. Prior to that, she worked for Uber Technologies, Inc., a tech company headquartered in San Francisco, from 2013 to 2019. From 2017 to 2019, she served as Regional General Manager for Uber US & Canada Cities, responsible for business outcomes and rider and driver experience in communities across the US & 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 was appointed Chair of our Nominating/Governance Committee in May 2020 after having served on the committee since May 2019. She has served on the Audit Committee since May 2019 and served on the Compensation Committee from May 2019 to May 2020.
Audit Committee, Nominating/Governance Committee (Chair)
C. James (Jim) KochClass B Director, Board 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. Prior to starting Boston Beer, he had worked as a consultant for an international consulting firm with a focus on manufacturing.
His thirty-seven 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 M. LyntonClass B Director, Board Member Since 2020
Mr. Lynton is Chairman of Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP), a social media and camera technology company based in Santa Monica, California. He has held the position since September 2016 and has served on the Snap Board of Directors since April 2013. He currently serves on Snap’s Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Previously, he served as CEO or co-CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc. from April 2012 until February 2017, overseeing Sony’s global entertainment businesses. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. from January 2004 to May 2017, where he managed the studio’s overall global operations, and as CEO of Sony Corporation of America from March 2012 to August 2017. Prior to joining Sony, he worked for Time Warner from 2000 to 2004, during which time he served as CEO of AOL Europe, President of AOL International, and President of Time Warner International. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Lynton served as Chairman and CEO of Penguin Group, a publishing company based in New York, NY, and a division of Pearson plc. From 1992 to 1996, he served as President of Disney’s Hollywood Pictures, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lynton had joined The Walt Disney Company in 1987 and started Disney Publishing.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE: ARES), a publicly-traded alternative asset management company based in Los Angeles, CA, since 2014. Mr. Lynton also served on the Board of Pearson plc from February 2018 to September 2020, where he was a member of the Audit and Reputation & Responsibility Committees. He has also served as Chairman of Warner Music Group Corp., a privately-held global entertainment company based in Los Angeles, CA, since February 2019. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Pandora Media, Inc., a streaming music company based in Oakland, CA, from August 2017 until February 2019. Pandora is a subsidiary of SiriusXM.
Mr. Lynton has more than thirty years of senior-level management experience, including extensive experience in consumer marketing, traditional and digital media, and the adoption of new technologies. He also has broad public company governance experience. His significant experience in these areas helps shape our overall marketing, business, and governance strategies.
Compensation Committee, Nominating/Governance Committee
Julio N. NemethClass B Director, Board Member Since 2020
Mr. Nemeth is the Chief Product Supply Officer at Procter & Gamble, a consumer goods corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, OH (NYSE: PG), a position he has held since May 2019. He also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Hispanic Leadership Team and the People with Disabilities Network at P&G. He has held numerous senior roles with P&G since 1990, including President, Global Business Services from January 2015 to April 2019 and Senior Vice President, Product Supply, Global Operations from July 2013 to December 2014. Prior to his time at P&G, he served as a Project Engineer for Union Carbide Corporation in Brazil from 1987 to 1990 and as a Design Engineer for Fabirnor Argentina from 1984 to 1987. He was appointed to Boston Beer’s Board of Directors in January 2020.
Mr. Nemeth has more than thirty-five years of operations, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, customer service, quality, distribution, innovation, and general management experience in the consumer goods industry, with significant experience in supply chain management. He currently leads P&G’s global Product Supply organization, which includes 58,000 employees, over 100 manufacturing plants, and roughly 200 distribution centers around the world focused on bringing superior products to the world’s consumers.
Audit Committee, Compensation Committee
Michael SpillaneClass A Director, Board Member Since 2016
Mr. Spillane currently serves as President of Consumer Creation at Nike, Inc. (NYSE: NKE), a publicly-traded manufacturer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment, a position he has held since May 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Spillane held a variety of roles with Nike dating back to May 2007, including President of Categories and Product from May 2017 to May 2020, 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.Compensation Committee (Chair), Nominating/Governance Committee
Jean-Michel ValetteClass A Director, Board Member Since 2003
Mr. Valette currently serves as an independent advisor to select branded consumer companies. He has been a Class B director since May 2003. He is also Chairman of the Board of Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR), a Minneapolis-based sleep technology company. Additionally, he is a director and Audit Committee chairman of Intertek Group plc (LSE: INTK), 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. Peet’s went private in 2012; since that time Mr. Valette has served as a Director and Chairman of its Audit and Valuation Committees. Peet’s parent company, JDE Peet's N.V., went public in May 2020; Mr. Valette does not serve on that Board. 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.
Mr. Valette has more than thirty years of experience in management, public company corporate governance, strategic planning, and finance, with extensive experience in the alcohol beverage industry. 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. He served on our Compensation Committee from May 2018 to May 2020. He was named Boston Beer’s Lead Director in May 2013.
Lead Director, Audit Committee (Chair), Nominating/Governance Committee
C. James KochChairman and Founder
C. James Koch currently serves as our Chairman. Mr. Koch founded Boston Beer in 1984 and was our Chief Executive Officer from that time until January 2001.
Samuel A. Calagione, IIIFounder and Brewer, Dogfish Head
Samuel A. Calagione, III is Founder and Brewer of Dogfish Head Brewery with overall responsibility for managing the Dogfish Head brand and providing insight into all of the company’s brands. He founded Dogfish Head with his wife Mariah Calagione in June 1995 and served as CEO until the merger with Boston Beer in July 2019. As a result of the merger, he joined the Company's Board of Directors in October 2020. His innovative style has earned him a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional and a reputation as one of the country’s most adventurous brewers; he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, People, Forbes, Bon Appetit, and many other magazines and newspapers. He is also the author of five books, including Brewing Up a Business (2011), Off-Centered Leadership (2016), and The Dogfish Head Book: 25 Off-Centered Years (2021).
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 Emeryville, California, since December 2012. From April 2010 to December 2012, Mr. Burwick served as President, North America of WW International, Inc., formerly Weight Watchers International, Inc., a leading provider of weight management services based in New York City. Prior to that, Mr. Burwick held numerous positions with PepsiCo, Inc., 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.
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.
Lesya LysyjChief Marketing Officer
Lesya Lysyj joined the Company as Chief Marketing Officer in April 2019. Ms. Lysyj has over 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. 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.
Carolyn L. O’BoyleChief People Officer
Carolyn L. O’Boyle joined the Company as Chief People Officer in March 2020. She has extensive experience in talent strategy and operations, including expertise in recruiting, total rewards, operational transformation, immigration, people analytics, business partners, and shared services. Prior to joining Boston Beer, she was a Managing Director at Deloitte Services LP in Boston, MA from August 2013 to February 2020, serving as the National Managing Director for Talent Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Talent. Prior to that, she served in various senior roles at Deloitte from September 2005 to August 2013, and as an Operations Manager at Diageo North America, a wine and spirits company based in Norwalk, CT, in 2004.
Frank H. SmallaTreasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Frank H. Smalla was named Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Boston Beer in February 2016, after serving in the interim position of Senior Vice President, Finance in 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. Mr. Smalla is also an independent director of G&L Holdings, Inc., a privately-held holding company of leading food ingredient manufacturers based in Rome, GA.
Quincy B. TroupeSenior Vice President, Supply Chain
Quincy B. Troupe was appointed Senior Vice President, Supply Chain in January 2016. Mr. Troupe has over twenty 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