Icelandic Water Holdings Board of Directors Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
producer of leading CarbonNeutral(R) certified bottled water, Icelandic
Glacial, announces today that its board of directors has appointed
Holdings Co-founder and current CEO will continue as Chairman of the company.
“In the last three years we have successfully established our brand in
the highly competitive US marketplace and secured nationwide distribution for
our product,” commented
Water Holdings. “With our primary goal complete, we are embarking on a new
phase, requiring a beverage industry leader with a track record of delivering
results on a global scale to take the company to the next level. John’s
impressive international record speaks for itself, consistently transforming
the drinks companies he leads. We are delighted to have an individual of his
caliber on board.”
Mr. Sheppard joins Icelandic Water Holdings directly from private
investment firm Emigrant Capital where he served as executive partner and was
Chairman of each of its food and beverage portfolio companies.
Profoundly experienced in the beverage sector, Mr. Sheppard forged his
career internationally with The Coca-Cola Company over a 19 year period,
rising from director of business development to President of Coca-Cola’s
European division and Vice President of Coca-Cola International.
After his success with The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Sheppard delivered
remarkable results during his 4 years as CEO and President of Cott
Corporation; the world’s largest private label carbonated soft drinks
manufacturer, where he oversaw 3,500 employees and 21 operating plants around
the world. His time spent with Cott Corporation reinforced his talent for
elevating and maximizing the potential of emerging beverage brands.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Sheppard said, “I am very excited at
the prospect of leading Icelandic Water Holdings during this pivotal stage in
its development, and I am proud to be building on from the foundations put in
place by its founders. Jon and Kristjan have steered the company to a
remarkable position in a very short period of time and will provide a
valuable source of wisdom and passion as we work to maximize the potential of
About Icelandic Glacial
Icelandic Glacial is the product of Icelandic Water Holdings ehf, which
was founded in
is bottled at source from the legendary Olfus Spring, a vast underground
resource, shielded from pollution by an impenetrable barrier of lava rock,
resulting in a water of exceptional taste and purity.
Icelandic Glacial is the first imported bottled water to be certified as
a CarbonNeutral(R) for both product and operations, which means it has a ‘net
zero’ carbon footprint. The company benefits from
energy sources, using only geothermal and hydroelectric power.
Icelandic Glacial is distributed nationally in
Anheuser-Busch InBev, which holds a 20 percent ownership stake in the company.
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SOURCE Icelandic Water Holdings ehf