Community Coffee announces CEO retirement

Aug. 4, 2023
David Belanger to retire after more than 25 years of service, including CEO since 2012.

Community Coffee, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced that David Belanger, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) and member of its board of directors, intends to retire with a target date of June 28, 2024.

Belanger has served as the company’s CEO since 2012 and first joined as director of operations in 1998. Belanger will work with the board of directors to ensure a seamless transition and will remain CEO and member of the board until his successor is onboarded.

The company’s board has initiated a search process to identify Belanger’s successor.

Matt Saurage, chairman of the board of directors stated in the announcement: “On behalf of the Saurage Family and the Board of Directors, I want to thank David for his 25+ years of service to Community Coffee Company, to our customers, and to our employee-family. Under David’s leadership, the company has more than doubled in size and our brand is stronger than ever. David has an unwavering commitment to our values and has instilled a culture of excellence in everyone, both personally and professionally. As a result, we are well positioned for continued growth and expansion.” 

David Belanger stated in the announcement to employees: “I’ve been blessed to be part of this incredible Company and it has been an honor serving you since joining the company in 1998. Together, we have expanded on the company’s history of success while positioning for an even brighter future. I believe that now is the right time to begin the search for a new CEO who will continue that journey with you all. While the search for my successor is underway, I remain committed to working alongside you and our Board of Directors to further our strategy while ensuring a seamless transition.”    

Founded in 1919, Community Coffee, is a leading family-owned premium retail coffee brand. The company is an importer, roaster and distributor of premium coffee products available online and in retail stores and businesses nationwide. Community Coffee offers whole-bean, ground, single-serve, freshly brewed and ready-to-drink options.