MillerCoors CEO Tom Long to retire

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 10, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Four years after becoming CEO of the global MillerCoors company, Tom Long has announced he will retire effective June 30. The company has begun a search to find Long’s successor.

“It has truly been the honor of my career to run MillerCoors. I have woken up every day excited to lead the company forward,” Long, 56, said in a statement. “I am leaving a company and a team, both of which are stronger than they have ever been. MillerCoors is in position to capitalize on the changing forces within the U.S. beer industry more decisively than ever and my team has the passion, conviction, creativity and business plan to win in the long term in this industry.”

MillerCoors is a joint venture between SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.

“On behalf of the board and all of the great people at MillerCoors, I want to personally thank Tom for his effective and energetic leadership of MillerCoors as its first president and chief commercial officer and more recently as chief executive officer since 2011,” said Pete Coors, chairman of the MillerCoors Board of Directors, in a statement. “His deep experience in the U.S. and global beverage business was a perfect fit for the challenging economic environment and rapidly changing industry dynamics we have faced over the past several years. Under Tom’s leadership, the company consistently delivered profit growth, pricing growth and cost savings, while dramatically improving capabilities in key areas like innovation, chain sales, revenue management, learning and development, and beer knowledge and appreciation.”

Long had been president and CEO of Miller Brewing Company since 2006, after joining Miller Brewing Company as chief marketing officer in 2005. Before joining Miller, he served as president of Coca-Cola’s Northwest Europe Division, which included Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.