Molson Coors has announced that Jim Appelbee will succeed Steve Wellington as William Worthington's head brewer.
Appelbee, currently innovation and development manager for Molson Coors, will take charge at the recently refurbished microbrewery in Burton-on-Trent following Wellington's retirement.
Appelbee said: "To take on Steve's mantle is both a huge responsibility and honour. Under his stewardship, White Shield has become recognised as one of the best pints in the country and Steve, rightly regarded as one of the country's best brewers.
"These are some huge boots to fill but working with the team here at Burton to maintain the legacy that Steve leaves behind is a prospect I'm relishing."
In his role as innovation and development manager, Appelbee was responsible for overseeing new product development at Molson Coors.
Outgoing head brewer Wellington said: "Despite the lure of retirement, leaving behind the brewery will be a tough day. It is, however, made easier knowing that I'm leaving it in Jim's capable hands.
"Fans of William Worthington's beers can expect more of the same; the same great IPA and the innovative seasonals and special ales that have become a feature here at Burton."
Worthington's White Shield was awarded silver in the bottled beer category by the Campaign for Real Ale at the Great British Beer Festival earlier this month.