Pete Marino, MillerCoors' chief communications and public affairs officer will be taking over as of September 1 the additional role as the president of Tenth and Blake, the company’s craft and import division, the company announced on Tuesday. He will be based in Chicago and is replacing Scott Whitley, who had led the division since October 2014 and will retire on September 30.
"Pete has consistently brought sharp insight and a commercial point-of-view to his current role, and I know he will also bring incredible energy and great leadership to Tenth and Blake as we look to grow our terrific regional craft brands – Saint Archer, Hop Valley, Revolver and Terrapin – alongside our prestige imports, Peroni and Pilsner Urquell," said MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley in a memo.
In order to assist Marino, Tenth and Blake has named Pete Verdu to the newly-created role of sales and marketing VP. Verdu has held a number of senior positions at SABMiller and most recently served as interim president of Saint Archer Brewing Company.
Julie Kubasa, director of internal communications, has been promoted to senior director of communications and communications manager Jody Moore to senior manager of internal communications to support Pete Marino in his present role as chief communications and public affairs officer of MillerCoors.
Tenth and Blake was formed in 2010 to help create, build and expand a collection of world-class craft and import brands. The Tenth and Blake family includes the AC Golden Brewing Company in Golden, Colo.; Hop Valley Brewing in Eugene, Ore.; Revolver Brewing in Granbury, Texas; Saint Archer Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif.; and the Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Ga. It also is home to George Killian’s Irish Red, Grolsch and such import brewers as Birra Peroni in Rome and Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) in Pilsen, Czech Republic.