The Board of Australian craft accelerator business, Mighty Craft, has announced the appointment of Katie McNamara as its new Managing Director, effective immediately.

McNamara’s appointment comes after the business began a strategic review process in May, following the appointment of Chris Malcolm as Non-Executive Director Chair, and after Mark Haysman resigned as MD in June this year.

In April this year McNamara also joined as a Non-Executive Director and Mighty Craft said she has been integral in the Board-led Strategic review, development, and execution.

Mighty Craft’s Chairman, Chris Malcom said: “Having now worked with Katie McNamara for some time I am confident in Katie’s commercial acumen, experienced skills and leadership ability will benefit the company, staff, shareholders and partners.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Katie on the next phase of the Mighty Craft’s business growth.”

In its statement about the appointment Mighty Craft said: “As a senior executive and management consultant, Katie brings experience across a broad range of functional areas, with a focus on consumer, FMCG and retail. 

“She has over 25 years operational experience in senior executive and consultancy roles across Australia, Europe, United States and Asia, and has deep experience in beverage alcohol, having been on the senior executive at Foster’s Group as Director of Strategy and M&A prior to, leading up and post the Demerger of Treasury Wine Estates. 

“In addition to leading operational improvements across each stage of the value chain in her time at Foster’s, she also led the China strategy development for TWE, as well as leading a number of consulting engagements for global spirits and beer companies in China, India, USA and Australia.”

McNamara’s initial appointment is until 30/6/24 at which point the company will enter discussions around potential full-time employment. Mighty Craft also thanks Jess Lyons for her work as CEO after Haysman left the business and while the strategic review was completed.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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