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Labatt parent company gets new CEO

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Labatt USA's parent company will swap out CEOs next month as it prepares to change course.

Kris Sirchio will step down as CEO of Rochester-based North American Breweries after about four years in the role. Adrián Lachowski, who previously oversaw the company's beer business in Central America, will take his place beginning in February.

The change comes as North American Breweries' Costa Rica-based parent company, Florida Ice and Farm Co., prepares to change its business model. Going forward, the company plans to focus more on the company's commercial business, as well as streamline the company structure by aligning North American Breweries' practice areas to those of Florida Ice and Farm Co., said Ramón Mendiola, FIFCO's CEO, in a statement.

Lachowski has two decades of experience in the beer industry, most of it with Anheuser-Busch InBev. He joined FIFCO in 2013 as general manager of the Central American beer and flavored malt beverage business. A citizen of Argentina, he will work out of the company's Buffalo and Rochester offices.

North American Breweries owns exclusive rights to import and market Labatt Blue and the Labatt beers in the United States. It also owns Genesee Brewery, which makes Genny and Genny Cream Ale.

FIFCO entered the United States with its purchase of North American Breweries in 2012. It has more than 6,000 employees in more than 15 countries.


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