After four months as CFO and CAO, Fran Caradonna, a 25-year craft beer veteran, will serve as the first female CEO for The Saint Louis Brewery – better known by most as the makers of Schlafly Beer.
In a short time, Caradonna’s impact on the organization has been vast, and the board of directors, led by David and Tom Schlafly, are confident that her stewardship will lead them into a bright new chapter of the brewery’s history.
“I’ve known Fran for as long as I’ve been in the beer business, and I have tremendous respect for her,” chairman Tom Schlafly said in a release. “I’m delighted to have someone with her experience and skills as CEO at this critical time for our company.”
In her tenure, Caradonna contributed to the St. Louis area’s craft beer explosion. In 1990, she co-founded The Signature Beer Co., one of Schlafly’s first wholesalers, and a decade later, she co-founded O’Fallon Brewery, where she worked as general manager until her jump to Schlafly Beer earlier this year.
Emily Parker-Lampe, who has been serving as interim CEO for the last six months, is now the company's chief of brewery operations. “These appointments usher in a new energy for our brewery,” vice chairman David Schlafly said in a release. “The new leadership will encourage our brewers to showcase their artistry in [unique] ways, offer [different] reasons to visit our brewpubs and allow our team to continue to execute destination-worthy events for our city.”
The announcement of Caradonna’s appointment comes after the recent news that David Schlafly (cousin of co-founder Tom Schlafly), along with a group of local investors, acquired controlling interest in the brewery, allowing the Schlafly family to continue its beer legacy into the foreseeable future.
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