Alaskan Brewing names new CEO
Linda Thomas takes over top role from co-founders
One of America’s longest established and most successful craft brewers, Alaskan Brewing, has tackled the question of corporate succession with the appointment of a CEO.
Taking over form company co-founder Geoff Larson is long-time employee Linda Thomas, who has been with Alaskan for the past 22 years.
“Alaskan Brewing is growing and exploring many opportunities, which pulls Geoff and I further afield,” said co-founder Marcy Larson. “We really rely on Linda Thomas here in our home office, and feel moving her into the pivotal CEO position will give us more stability for solid future growth.”
Thomas, a lifelong Alaskan, is credited with the development of Alaskan’s Employee Stock Ownership Program, and for fostering a talented and dedicated workforce. She holds a BAA in Accounting from the University of Alaska and is a licensed CPA.
As for the Larsons, Geoff remains as Alaskan’s President and Chair of the Board with ambitions to further his Beer Powered Beer initiative for spent grains.
“This is a cutting edge use of the brewers spent grain that turns waste into fuel, and is revolutionary to the beer industry,” said Geoff. “Additionally, we want to showcase manufacturing success in Alaska.”
According to the Brewers Association, the trade body for America’s craft brewers, Alaskan Brewing was the country’s 22nd largest craft brewer in 2015 by beer sales volume.