Dogfish Head Announces Leadership Change


Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head with Stouts & Stilettos Contriburors Chelsie Markel & Sonora Bostian-Posner
Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head with Stouts & Stilettos Contriburors Chelsie Markel & Sonora Bostian-Posner

Dogfish Head CEO, Nick Benz to Depart After 13 Off-Centered Years

Founder, Sam Calagione to assume CEO Position

Milton, Del., October 19, 2016 – Dogfish Head shared with coworkers today that Nick Benz is leaving as Chief Executive Officer at the end of the year. Dogfish Founder Sam Calagione will become Chief Executive Officer upon Nick’s departure while retaining his Chairman responsibilities.

Over the course of his 13 years at Dogfish, Nick served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and for the past two years, Chief Executive Officer. Sam expressed his sincere appreciation for Nick’s contributions and leadership toward the company’s current status as a top 20 craft brewery,  “Nick has played an incredibly important role as a leader and brilliant business mind helping us grow in our own intentionally off-centered direction. His legacy is rich with accomplishments from overseeing the physical expansion of our state-of-the-art brewery to his stewardship of our collaborative culture.  I think his greatest accomplishment has been nurturing, motivating, and growing the most talented and awesome team of leaders we have ever had in our 21 years.  As we build our 2017 plan around our innovative products and amazing people, I can honestly say I have never been more excited for the future of Dogfish than I am right now.”

In 2017, Nick will be spending more time with his family and focusing more time on community endeavors including his role as the Board Chairman of the Jefferson School in Georgetown, DE.

“I love Dogfish and everything it stands for.  My journey started by adopting Sam’s dream then somewhere along the way I called it my own dream.  I’ve given Dogfish my all for 13 plus years and starting in 2017 it is time for me to do the same for my wife and 3 young children.  I will always have fond memories of my time at Dogfish.  It is comforting to know my fellow co-workers will ensure the vision of Dogfish stays alive and well.” Nick said.

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