Cott Corporation said yesterday (27 September) that it had completed the formation of its senior leadership team with the hiring of Rick Dobry to the position of chief manufacturing & supply chain officer. In addition, the company has promoted Edmund O'Keeffe to the expanded role of vice president, strategy and investor Relations.


"We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Rick Dobry's caliber join Cott," said Brent Willis, CEO of Cott Corporation. "His depth of world-class experience across all aspects of supply chain, operations and manufacturing will be a major force in driving our cost control and improved performance globally."


As chief manufacturing & supply chain officer, Dobry will oversee Cott's global manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, quality and R&D functions. He joins the company with a career history in consumer packaged goods. He was most recently president, Americas supply for Diageo.


Thw company said O'Keeffe, meanwhile, will play a key role working with the business units to identify opportunities for growth and to convert strategy into action plans and measurable targets. He will also continue to lead Cott's investor relations function.


"Edmund has extensive knowledge of the beverage industry, our retail customers and all of our markets. He'll be a valuable addition to the Cott Management Committee and he'll work closely with me to drive our strategic agenda forward," said Willis.


"We are very pleased that our new senior leadership team has come together so quickly. These two appointments to Cott's Management Committee will add great depth of experience and will help accelerate the progress in our three key areas of focus - reducing costs, becoming our retail customers' best partner and driving innovation," added Willis.


Rick Dobry's appointment is effective 23 October 2006. Edmund O'Keeffe's promotion is effective immediately.