Brewer recruits

BrewDog hires CFO in latest management change

BrewDog has made changes to its top team

BrewDog has appointed James Taylor as chief financial officer, after Niall McCallum left the Aberdeenshire-based craft brewer.

Mr Taylor is the second new senior face at BrewDog in as many months after the company appointed James Arrow as chief operating officer.

The new CFO joins from Mayborn, the childcare company that owns brands including Tommee Tippee where he led the finance operations for consumer brands. Prior to this, he was in charge of European transactions at real estate firm Tishman Speyer. 

Mr McCallum’s departure was announced internally last month, but only made public in documents filed at Companies House.

“After three years as CFO, Niall McCallum has decided that now is the right time to leave BrewDog and seek a new challenge,” a spokesman for BrewDog told trade magazine The Grocer. “Niall joined just before the second lockdown in October 2020 and has led the finance function through the most turbulent time in our sector’s history.

“Niall has led the development of the finance, IT and procurement teams during this time and they are all geared up to continue to support and scale with the group as BrewDog continues to grow.”

Mr McCallum, the spokesman added, had been “instrumental in the many great developments at BrewDog in the last three years” and left the Punk IPA brewer “with the full support and best wishes of the board and [BrewDog minority shareholder] TSG”.

Taylor is the second new senior face at BrewDog in as many months.

Mr Arrow joined BrewDog from opticians Boots, where he had been managing director. In March, BrewDog hired Chris Fielden as its first chief supply chain officer, a newly created role tasked with responsibility for sourcing, production, packaging and distribution for its beers and spirits.

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