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BrewDog’s first CEO of beer leaves after just five months in role

Andy Shaw

Departed: Andy Shaw

Andy Shaw has left BrewDog just five months after joining the Aberdeenshire-based brewer as CEO of beer.

The former Redbull UK MD was hired in February to the newly-created role to lead BrewDog’s global sales and marketing operations. At the time of his appointment, Mr Shaw said he “could not pass up the opportunity to join such a dynamic team in the next phase of growth.” There was no explanation for his departure.

BrewDog CEO James Watt told trade magazine The Grocer: “We would like to thank Andy for all the hard work during his time with us and wish him all the best for the future.”

The company has promoted retail CEO David McDowall to a new role as group COO, which gives him “full P&L control over both BrewDog Retail and HQ Beer: two of the main engines of our business,” said Mr Watt.

“I have worked very closely with David over the last 5 years on our global retail business, and we work really well together and are very aligned in terms of how we want to do things and the vision we have for these parts of the business going forward. 

“He manages to balance the detail obsession we need with brilliant people leadership with a huge passion and love for what we do. He has been key to everything we have done over the last 5 years and will be central to what we are looking to build over the next 5 years.”

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