Ölfus, Iceland (Feb. 24th, 2009) – Icelandic Water Holdings ehf, producer of leading CarbonNeutral® certified bottled water, Icelandic Glacial, announces today that its board of directors has appointed John K. Sheppard, as CEO effective March 12, 2009. Jon Olafsson, Icelandic Water 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 Jon Olafsson, Co-founder and Chairman, Icelandic 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 this company”
About Icelandic Glacial
Icelandic Glacial is the product of Icelandic Water Holdings ehf, which was founded in April 2004 and is located in Ölfus, Iceland. Icelandic Glacial is bottled at source from the legendary Ölfus Spring, a vast underground resource, shielded from pollution by an impenetrable barrier of lava rock, resulting in a water of exceptional taste and purity. The spring is continually replenished from mountains to the north, from which a series of interlinked springs emerge both on land and at sea.
Icelandic Water Holdings controls the sole commercial rights to bottle and sell water from the Ölfus Spring. The capacity of the spring is recognized as one of the largest in the world. Its daily overflow alone is approximately double the total quantity of bottled water consumed worldwide.
Icelandic Glacial is the first imported bottled water to be certified as a CarbonNeutral® for both product and operations, which means it has a ‘net zero’ carbon footprint. The company benefits from Iceland’s natural green energy sources, using only geothermal and hydroelectric power.
Icelandic Glacial is distributed nationally in the United States by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which holds a 20 percent ownership stake in the company.
For more information on Icelandic Glacial, please visit www.icelandicglacial.com.