Molson Coors CEO Peter Swinburn to retire
DENVER — After 40 years in the beer business, Molson Coors Brewing Co. president and CEO Peter S. Swinburn is retiring from the company and its board of directors on Dec. 31. The board has named Mark R. Hunter, currently CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe and a 25-year industry veteran, as his successor.
Hunter will step into the president and CEO role upon Swinburn’s retirement, at which time he will also join the company’s board. Swinburn, who has served as Molson Coors’ CEO since 2008, will continue to lead the company until his retirement, working closely with the board and Hunter to ensure a smooth transition.
“On behalf of the board, I want to thank Peter for his extraordinary contributions during the past six years as our company’s CEO,” Peter H. Coors, board chairman, said. “Peter has personified the values, culture and performance that have become the hallmark of our organization, and as a board, we respect his decision to retire and appreciate his continued leadership through this transition. Peter has led the company through a period of significant growth and change, with milestones that include the formation of the MillerCoors JV in the United States, the acquisition of StarBev in Europe, and the development of additional strong and growing global brands. Simply put, we are a stronger, more global and more dynamic company today as a result of Peter’s influence. At the same time, we are excited that we have an executive of Mark’s caliber who can seamlessly step into the CEO role. Mark is a true leader and brings a deep knowledge of all aspects of our business, as well as years of exceptional brand-building and commercial beer industry expertise. He also is recognized throughout our organization for his integrity and belief in the extraordinary people who make Molson Coors so successful. The board is confident that Mark is the right person to lead us going forward and continue our strong momentum.”
“It has been a privilege to be part of the Molson Coors organization for the past 12 years, and I am proud of all we have accomplished during my time here. Molson Coors has the right strategy in place, a strong financial foundation, and some of the most dedicated and talented leaders — like Mark Hunter — in the beer industry. I am confident that under Mark’s leadership, the Company’s best days are ahead. At the same time, it is business as usual at Molson Coors and we will remain focused on growing our brands and creating value for shareholders,” Swinburn added.
Hunter has served as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe since January 2013. Prior to that role, Hunter served as CEO and president of Central Europe since June 2012 and as CEO and president of MCBC UK from December 2007 until June 2012. Previously, from May 2005 to November 2007, he was chief commercial officer for Molson Coors Canada, where he was responsible for all sales and marketing activities.
From 1997 to 2005, he served on the board of Bass Brewers Ltd. and Coors Brewers Limited, now MCBC UK, as marketing director. During such time, Hunter had accountability for the Bass Brewers brand portfolio, including Carling plus business unit strategy and export development. From 1989 to 1997, Hunter held marketing leadership roles for Bass Brewers. Before joining Bass Brewers in 1989, he held sales positions with Hallmark Cards and Bulmers Drinks. Hunter has a bachelor honors degree in marketing and business administration from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where he also was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2009.
“Molson Coors is extremely well-positioned for growth, with world-renowned brands, strong market share across key geographies, and the most talented and dedicated employees in the industry. I am grateful to the board for its vote of confidence and look forward to working closely with them and with our management team over the coming months to ensure a seamless transition and execute on our strategy for growing brands and shareholder value,” Hunter said.
Eternal Energy launches new time-release energy shot
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — LXR Biotech announced the launch of Eternal Energy TR, a 1.93-oz. time release energy shot that provides energy and focus for up to 10 hours, according to the company. The product uses a time-released energy blend called Nutratheine, which has green tea extract as the primary active ingredient.
"We saw the need for a product that gets you through your entire work day," said Eternal Energy brand manager Richard Ensley. "Let's face it, most of us work more than five hours. We need something that can get us up and going in the morning and last until we get home. Eternal Energy TR is the first and only energy shot to deliver results for that length of time."
Eternal Energy TR will debut on retail shelves in the fall and is available for puchase at EternalEnergyShot.com
NASP and SPAARx merge to create unified specialty pharmacy association
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy and the Specialty Pharmacy Association of America announced the merger of the two organizations, creating the largest professional and trade association focused on the unique needs in specialty pharmacy.
“This is a historic moment in our industry — one in which our two organizations come together, recognizing the unique strengths each has contributed to specialty pharmacy and the pharmacy industry as a whole, to develop a strong, unified voice representing all specialty stakeholders,” Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, CSP, NASP CEO said.
NASP and SPAARx will integrate their current Board of Directors, committees and members to develop a broad membership and volunteer-based association poised to lead in the pharmacy industry.
The new association is built on a mission of providing advanced training in specialty and offering opportunities to build collaboration with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Visit NASPRx.org to learn more.