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Drizly exec to step aside, succeeded by cousin and co-founder

Nick Rellas is stepping down as chief executive of Drizly, the Boston-based alcohol delivery startup that he started with his cousin, Cory Rellas, the company said Friday. Cory Rellas, who was chief operating officer, will take over the top job.

“I want to continue to build,” Cory Rellas said. “We have the opportunity to do something special in a very important consumer market.”

Cory Rellas said his ascension to the top post was the natural next step after he had taken on more critical roles in internal operations such as strategy and team building. Nick Rellas, who had been CEO since the founding of the company in 2012, will remain on Drizly’s board, and continue to use his strengths developing and maintaining key relationships, such as with investors, the company said.

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“We’ve worked side by side since founding of company,” Cory Rellas said. “He’ll be as much a part of the business but in a different role.”

Drizly has deals with about 1,000 liquor stores across the country to deliver orders to customers within an hour. The company has raised $33 million to date.

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