"We are delighted to have Bob lead our US business," said John K. Sheppard, Cott''s President and Chief Executive Officer. "His diverse experience in the beverage industry and his demonstrated accomplishments in delivering results will provide strong leadership for our US team."
Flaherty''s experience includes 18 years at Pepsico and The Pepsi Bottling Group where his executive responsibilities ranged across finance, strategic planning, sales and marketing to general management of a number of U.S. business units. Most recently, he ran a consulting company, providing services to corporate clients and private equity firms.
In announcing the appointment, Sheppard pointed out that Flaherty''s broad experience in all aspects of the beverage industry will be well utilized at Cott. "We are confident that Bob will make a significant contribution to ensuring that we are best positioned to support our customers and their commitment to building retailer brand programs. His contributions will enable Cott to take advantage of ongoing growth opportunities in the United States, Cott''s largest market."
Flaherty holds an MBA from Dartmouth and a BA from Princeton University. He will be located in Tampa, Florida, headquarters of Cott''s US business.
About Cott Corporation
Cott Corporation is the world''s largest retailer brand soft drink supplier, with the leading take home carbonated soft drink market shares in this segment in its core markets of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
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