Molson Coors Brewing Company appoints new GM

Molson Coors' new country manager for Ireland, Ryan McFarland, is a veteran of the alcoholic beverage industry
Molson Coors' new country manager for Ireland, Ryan McFarland, is a veteran of the alcoholic beverage industry

The Molson Coors Brewing Company, which operates a range of craft beer brands in Ireland including Carling, Cobra, Molson Canadian, Coors and many more, has appointed a new General Manager for its Irish operations. Ryan McFarland will take over the role from Keith Fagan, who has been country manager for more than ten years.

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15 April 2019 | 0

The Molson Coors Brewing Company, which operates a large number of beer brands in Ireland, has announced Ryan McFarland as General Manager for the island of Ireland. Company veteran McFarland has been Director of Northern Ireland for three years. Prior to joining Molson Coors, he spent 12 years in the luxury and premium spirits sector in the UK, holding roles within Bacardi Brown Forman and Remy Cointreau.

Alongside the new position within Molson Coors, McFarland will also be joining the board of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI).

“I am thrilled to take on the role of general manager for the island of Ireland as we look to deliver a more aligned approach for Molson Coors,” Ryan McFarland said. “We’ve made fantastic progress in building our business over the past few years, but with our broader portfolio of exciting brands there is plenty of opportunity to accelerate that growth.”

Outgoing country manager  Keith Fagan is leaving the business after ten years in the role. As a result of this, he is also vacating his position on the board of the ABFI, which McFarland will take up. Fagan is also stepping down as chair of the Irish Brewers Association. A decision on his replacement in that role will be made in the coming weeks.

Patricia Callan, Director of ABFI, congratulated McFarland on his new role with the federation. “The beer sector and wider drinks industry is undergoing a period of exciting growth and development,” Callan said, “with a huge amount of innovation. I congratulate Ryan on his appointment and look forward to working closely with him on the ABFI Board as we navigate through the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Callan also expressed gratitude to Keith Fagan for his contribution to the ABFI board and the IBA.

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