David Peacock, chief of Anheuser-Busch has resigned. Per Harry Schumacher of Beer Business Daily (requires paid subscription):
Dave was only the second non-Busch to hold the title of CEO, and he is among the last of the legacy Anheuser-Busch executives groomed under the Busch regime, following several other veterans out the door including Tony Ponturo, Bob Lachky, Keith Levy, and Evan Athanas. He was also viewed as the “distributor whisperer” — a key conduit of communication between A-B and its wholesaler network, as Dave is nearly universally well-liked and respected among wholesalers. This is indeed a big change.
Luiz Redmond will assume leadership of the United States business unit, and Peacock will remain in an advisory role. Feel free to weigh in on the this change.