Jones Soda Co. (OTC:JSDA) (TSX VENTURE:JSD) (the “Company” or “Jones Soda”), announced today the hiring of Peter Leahy to the new position of Executive Vice President, Sales.
Prior to joining Jones Soda, Mr. Leahy was most recently Vice President, National Accounts for the Coors Brewing Company. Prior to serving in this position at Coors, Mr. Leahy has had other extensive sales and marketing experience in his career, including Johnson & Johnson, Frito-Lay, Colgate Palmolive and Coca-Cola. Mr. Leahy was both Division Manager for Coca Cola in Atlanta and also had international sales and marketing experience with Coke as Marketing Director in Great Britain and as Vice-President, Sales in Paris, France.
Peter van Stolk, President and C.E.O. of Jones Soda commented, “Peter’s 25 years of experience includes all aspects of the sales and marketing side of consumer goods, including national sales, DSD sales, international sales as well as marketing. His in depth knowledge and relationships of the distributor network and his knowledge of international sales is a valuable asset as we continue to grow our distribution in all channels of trade. Mr. van Stolk added, “Peter is a quality person with a proven track record and we are very excited to have him join our team.”
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Jones Soda Co., manufactures its Jones Soda, Jones Naturals, Jones Energy and Whoopass brands and sells it through its distribution network in select markets across North America. A leader in the premium soda category, Jones is known for its innovative labeling technique that incorporates always-changing photos sent in from its consumers. Jones Soda is sold through traditional beverage retailers and everywhere you’d never expect to find a soda.
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