Community Coffee, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced that Thomas “Tom” Corley has been elected as the incoming president and CEO effective January 15, 2024, as part of a planned CEO transition. Corley will succeed David Belanger, who in July of last year, announced his intention to retire after 12 years as CEO and a 25-year career with the company.
Corley began his career as a sales representative with General Foods Inc. (now Kraft Heinz) in Alexandria, Minnesota, where he worked for over 30 years, including his former role as president of sales and foodservice. Since then, he has held various executive roles leading sales and marketing organizations, and most recently, he was a board member and commercial advisor to several consumer packaged goods companies.
Matt Saurage, chairman of the board of directors, said in the announcement: “On behalf of the Saurage family and the board of directors, I am very pleased with the election of Tom as our incoming CEO and board member. Tom joins us with over 30 years of consumer package goods and foodservice experience and has a proven track record of building effective teams and delivering business results. I am confident that Tom will drive growth of the company, while upholding our values and ensuring world-class consumer experiences with the Community brand.”
Corley added in the announcement, “I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to be your new president and CEO. I know that I have big shoes to fill, and I am grateful to be part of this brand's continued growth and success. Thank you to the Saurage family, the Board, and our employees. I am committed to serving you and look forward to our future together.”
Belanger will remain with Community Coffee as an advisor and board member until his retirement in June 2024.