Great Western Brewery

Great Western Brewery

December 01, 2010 11:00 ET

Great Western CEO Ron Waldman Passes Torch to President and COO Michael Micovcin

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2010) - Great Western Brewing Company Limited has announced that chief executive officer Ron Waldman will be stepping down, effective January 1, 2011. Moving into the role of CEO is current president and chief operating officer Michael Micovcin. Waldman will remain involved with the brewery in an advisory capacity as chairman of the Board of Directors, replacing current chair Vaughn Wyant (who will remain as a member of the Board).

During Waldman's 16 years at the helm, Great Western has grown to become one of Canada's most acclaimed regional brewers. They have garnered dozens of local, national and international business and brewing awards, including six years running as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies.

"I am extremely pleased by our accomplishments during my time as CEO and proud of each and every one of our employees, who are such an integral part of our success," says Waldman. "I am excited to have the opportunity to pass the torch to an extremely capable and knowledgeable individual – President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Micovcin ­– who will strategically guide the brewery into the future. His transition into the role will be seamless, as we have prepared for this changeover since he first arrived at Great Western. I am confident the company rests in good hands."

Michael Micovcin brings substantial beverage-industry experience and a fresh strategic vision to the role of CEO. Building on a strong tradition of brewing excellence, Micovcin is poised to lead the brewer further down the path to their vision: to become Canada's most recognized and respected regional brewery.

"Ron Waldman has been such a vital part of Great Western Brewing, he is going to be a difficult act to follow," says Micovcin. "We have some exciting plans that build on the foundation that Ron has established. Great Western Brewing is a great company with a solid team and a fantastic story to tell. This is an exciting time for the brewery, and I'm proud to be a part of it."

About Ron Waldman

Ron Waldman joined the team at Great Western Brewing Company Limited as CEO in 1994. Prior to joining Great Western Brewing, Waldman was president of his family's Saskatchewan-based Coca-Cola/Canada Dry franchise business, Beverage Central Inc. He later worked with KPMG in their corporate finance practice.

Waldman has been honoured as one of Saskatchewan's Most Influential Business Leaders and is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. He serves as a board member and/or executive member for several corporations, foundations and associations, and is a member of the World President's Organization.

Born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Waldman received honours degrees in Business and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. Ron Waldman and his wife Shannon reside in Saskatoon with their three teenage children, Zachary, Molly and Maxwell.

About Michael Micovcin

Michael Micovcin has been with Great Western Brewing for two years, most recently in the capacity of president and chief operating officer. Micovcin has more than twenty years in the food and beverage industry, including 14 years with Pepsi-Cola North America. Michael is a seasoned P&L leader in consumer products/marketing services with a passion for driving sustainable business growth and transformation.

Michael is a graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce, as well as Ivey Business School in Executive Leadership Development. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and has competed in a number of marathons and triathlons.

About Great Western Brewing Company Limited

Built in Saskatoon in 1927, Great Western began operating under the name of Hub City Brewing Company. The plant became the Western Canada Brewing Company in 1930 and then Drewery's Limited in 1932. At that time, capacity of the brewery was 72 bottles per minute compared to 360 bottles and 480 cans per minute today.

The brewery was acquired in 1956 and operated as O'Keefe Brewing until 1989. When Carling O'Keefe amalgamated with Molson Brewing Company, the intended closure created a new opportunity. Sixteen employees pooled their resources and formed the Great Western Brewing Company.

With a management-led employee group, the Great Western Brewing Company has become recognized as one of Canada's most successful regional brewers, producing a range of international award-winning beers.

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