Less than 18 months after cementing Blue Buffalo as one of Connecticut’s best startup successes, Billy Bishop is stepping away from active management of the pet food brand.

General Mills spent $8 billion in April 2018 to acquire Blue Buffalo, which Billy co-founded in 2002 with father Bill Bishop Sr. and brother Chris. Billy Bishop was installed as CEO of the Wilton-based company prior to the General Mills deal.

Billy Bishop will remain a brand advisor to General Mills, whose CEO Jeff Harmening was quoted saying that the Bishops “will always be a part of the Blue Buffalo family.”