Boulevard exec to lead parent company

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Kansas City, Mo., headquarters and manufacturing plant.

Boulevard Brewing Co. executive Jeff Krum has been named to head Duvel Moortgat USA, the parent company of Boulevard and York-based Brewery Ommegang.

Former President Simon Thorpe will say on as an adviser through the end of this month.


Jeff Krum

Krum had been chief financial officer of Boulevard, which was acquired by Duvel Moortgat USA in 2014, for 20 years. He transitioned to vice president of corporate affairs for the combined companies in 2014.

Krum is a co-founder of Ripple Glass, formed in 2009 to provide a regional solution to glass recycling. He serves on the board of directors of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, the Downtown Transportation Development District and the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation. He will remain in the Kansas City area.

Thorpe had been Ommegang’s president since 2009, and became president of the combined companies in 2014.

“Since coming together as a family of breweries in 2014, we’ve made great strides growing our business in this dynamic and ever-changing industry,” said Michel Moortgat, CEO of Duvel Moortgat NV. “We are grateful for Simon’s strong leadership, and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Jeff’s deep roots in our company, extensive experience and strong commitment to our organization make us confident he is the right person to oversee our U.S. operations.”

Duvel Moortgat is a fourth generation, family-owned craft brewer based in Puurs, Belgium. The company owns and operates several breweries in the United States and Europe, including Boulevard, Ommegang and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, Calif.; Duvel, Brasserie D’Achouffe, Liefmans, Vedett and Maredsous in Belgium; and Brewery Bernard in the Czech Republic.