Ben & Jerry's has named Dave Stever as its new CEO.
Stever started as a tour guide in 1988 at the company's Waterbury factory, which is Connecticut's number one tour attraction.
According to the ice cream brand Stever swiftly established himself in marketing and management and over the past 12 years he held the role of chief marketing officer for the company.
Stever was 'well established as a leader in management' when the company became part of Unilever over 20 years ago.
Ben & Jerry's noted one of his strengths has been working cross functionally to create impactful partnerships with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Stephen Colbert, Willie Nelson, Sir Elton John, Jimmy Fallon, Colin Kaepernick, Netflix, Chance the Rapper, Tony's Chocolonely and Ava DuVernay.
Commenting on the announcement Anuradha Mittal, Ben & Jerry's board chair, said, "The board is very pleased with the selection of Dave as Ben & Jerry's next CEO, and not just because of his passion for our euphoric super-premium ice cream.
"Dave's [Stever] long history at Ben & Jerry's along with his recognition of the integral role that the company's values and social mission play in our growth and our commitment to advancing justice and equity in the world, make him the best choice to write the next chapter in Ben & Jerry's remarkable story."
The Next Chapter
"Ben and I have known Dave for over three decades and we are absolutely thrilled that he will be leading Ben & Jerry's into the next chapter of our company's history," added co-founder Jerry Greenfield.
"Dave started out 30 years ago as a tour guide. And now he's CEO. He knows Ben & Jerry's inside and out. He lives it and breathes it. We are psyched to have someone with Dave's talent, passion and demonstrated ability as our CEO," concluded co-founder Ben Cohen.