After a year of searching, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has found its man.
The Milton, Del.-based brewery has chosen George Pastrana to be its new president and chief operating officer. In late 2016, Nick Benz—the company’s ceo and former coo—resigned. Sam Calagione, the brewery’s founder and then president, assumed the ceo position and announced Dogfish Head would look for a president.
Calagione will remain ceo and his wife, Mariah, remains vice-president.
“George has impressed us every step of the way with his integrity, people-first, products-second leadership philosophy, sound experience at high level strategic planning, and his recognition that innovation and brand distinction are at the heart of every successful entrepreneurial company’s raison d’etre,” said Sam Calagione in a press release. “These very same priorities have driven me and my co-workers since we opened Dogfish Head as the smallest commercial brewery in the country in 1995. We have come a long way and we are very excited George is now joining us on our journey, as the leader of Dogfish Head’s leaders.”
Pastrana is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he studied biomedical engineering. He also has an mba in marketing from Cornell. He is joining Dogfish Head after a six-year stint at ACH Food Companies, where he was chief marketing officer and vp of marketing and innovation.