MILTON — Dogfish Head Brewery officials announced that George Pastrana has been named president and chief executive officer.
“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 founder Sam Calagione. “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 formerly worked as chief marketing officer/vice president of marketing & innovation at ACH Food Companies, based in Illinois. He holds an MBA in marketing from Cornell University – Johnson Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied biomedical engineering.
Calagione and wife Mariah will maintain their positions of founder and CEO, and executive vice president and co-founder, respectively.