May 8, 2024 - Food and Drink

Great Lakes Brewing Co. CEO Mark King resigns

Brick production facility of Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

The CEO of Great Lakes Brewing, Mark King, has resigned.

State of play: The Ohio City brewery did not explain King's departure but told Axios in a statement that chief commercial officer Chris Brown and chief operations officer Steven Pauwels would immediately begin serving as co-CEOs.

What they're saying: "King was integral to the company's success through COVID and beyond," Great Lakes said in the statement, "including the stabilization of the core portfolio while spearheading new product innovations."

The big picture: Ohio's oldest craft brewery "is at a crossroads," Crain's Cleveland Business wrote in February.

The intrigue: In that context, Great Lakes was pursuing a new, more efficient facility to consolidate its production and packaging operations.

  • One location under consideration is in the western suburb of Avon, which would mean Great Lakes would have a presence outside the city of Cleveland for the first time.

Yes, but: Great Lakes told Axios in December that it planned to continue operating its Ohio City brewpub "indefinitely," even as it considered new facilities at different sites.

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