Wilson to president and c.e.o. at Skinny Nutritional

by Eric Schroeder
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BALA CYNWYD, PA. — Ronald D. Wilson, former president and chief operating officer of Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co., has joined Skinny Nutritional Corp. as president and chief executive officer. He succeeds Don McDonald, who will take over as chief financial officer and will focus on investor relations to introduce the company to a variety of institutional bankers.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to take Skinny Water to the next level," Mr. Wilson said. "In less than six months Skinny Water has been embraced by millions of customers who are searching for great tasting flavored water that provides functional benefits, and most importantly zero calories and zero sugar. As we go forward, we’ll expand our flavor offerings, and look to use the Skinny trademark in other beverage categories, such as ready-to-drink teas and coffees."

Mr. Wilson began his career in the soft drink industry in 1969 as route salesman for Pepsi-Cola, and worked his way up to branch manager. He joined the Coca-Cola Co. in 1977 as a financial analyst with Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York. Over the years, Mr. Wilson held various positions within Coca-Cola Bottling Co., rising from division manager to vice-president and general manager of the New Jersey division.

In 1985, he became the president and c.o.o. of The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co., which is the fourth largest Coca-Cola bottler in the country.

Skinny Nutritional Corp. is the exclusive worldwide distributor of Skinny Water, which is available in five flavors; Acai Grape Blueberry, Goji Fruit Punch, Peach Mango Mandarin, Raspberry Pomegranate, and Passionfruit Lemonade. Skinny Water also is the first functional water to contain Super CitriMax; ChromeMate; and EGCG, a green tea extract.

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