Budweiser announced Sunday that Daniel Blake, group vice president for marketing at Anheuser-Busch, is taking a leave of absence, according to reports.
Budweiser marketing executive Alissa Heinerschneid also recently decided to take a leave of absence. Blake, who started with the company as an intern, oversaw marketing across Budweiser’s mainstream brands, including Stella Artois and Busch. The pair’s decisions to take leaves of absence from the company were not voluntary, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Blake also spearheaded multiple successful advertising campaigns for the company, including a 2017 Super Bowl commercial. (RELATED: REPORT: Bud Light Marketing Exec Who Slammed ‘Fratty’ Culture On Leave Of Absence Amid Company Shakeup)
Following Bud Light’s partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, a slew of conservative celebrities, politicians and activists called for a boycott against the brand. Republican Missouri state Sen. Nick Schroeder recorded himself taking a baseball bat to a can of Bud Light outside of the Missouri General Assembly. Musician Kid Rock recorded himself shooting at cases of Bud Light and country music star Travis Tritt banned Bud Light from being sold on his tour.
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Donald Trump Jr., on the other hand, urged conservatives in mid-April to stop boycotting Anheuser-Busch.
The ongoing backlash against Bud Light also seems to have had an economic impact on the company. According to Beer Business Daily, Bud Light sales plummeted 10.7 percent in the first week of April.