New Belgium Brewing has turned to the spirits industry to find its next CEO.

The Fort Collins-based craft brewery announced Monday that Steve Fechheimer will take over the employee-owned company. He had been the chief strategy officer at Beam Suntory, the Illinois-headquartered spirits company that owns Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker's Mark Whiskey and Pinnacle Vodka among other liquor brands.

“I’m excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead such a wonderful company,” Fechheimer said in a statement. “New Belgium, with its incredible history and heritage, has an amazingly bright future."

Fechheimer is moving to Fort Collins and will assume the CEO role in mid-August.

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