Ricci to president and c.e.o. at Jones Soda

by Eric Schroeder
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SEATTLE — Joth Ricci, formerly chief operating officer since January 2008, has been named president and chief executive officer of Jones Soda Co. effective May 1. He succeeds Stephen Jones, who will step down but remain a member of the company’s board of directors.

Prior to joining Jones Soda, Mr. Ricci held various roles with Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Distributing Co., including general manager, vice-president of human resources and process improvement, and regional vice-president of sales and marketing. Earlier, he spent more than nine years with McNeil Consumer Healthcare/Johnson & Johnson in various sales and marketing management positions.

"Joth has proven his ability to execute over the course of this transitional year and we are confident that he is the right choice to lead the ongoing evolution and development of Jones Soda," Mr. Jones said. "I have truly enjoyed my time as c.e.o., and I look forward to my continued participation in shaping this company’s exciting future through my role on the board."

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