SEATTLE — Craft soda maker Jones Soda Co. has named Jamie Colbourne as interim chief executive officer. Mr. Colbourne steps in for Jennifer Cue, who has decided to step down from the position of CEO after eight years and spend more time with her family. Ms. Cue will be available to assist Mr. Colbourne when needed and will remain on the company’s board of directors, Jones Soda said.
Mr. Colbourne most recently was CEO and board member of JGC Foods, a holding company that specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of branded and co-packaged soups, sauces and entrees across North America. Prior to JGC Foods, he was chief operating officer of Charlie’s Produce, the largest independent distributor of produce and food manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Canada. Earlier, he held various executive positions and served on the board of directors for notable consumer and CPG brands, including Litehouse Products, Tully’s Coffee, Häagen-Dazs, PepsiCo and 7UP Canada.
“Jamie is a highly-qualified executive with a proven track record in successfully implementing strategic plans leading to profitable growth for CPG brands,” said Michael Fleming, chairman of Jones Soda. “We believe his unique experience in expanding distribution networks and landing partnerships with national retailers will be an invaluable asset. We look forward to having Jamie take the helm and lead the execution of Jones’ revamped sales and marketing strategy as we enter our next chapter of growth.
“I would also like to thank Jennifer Cue for her many years of service and dedication to Jones Soda. Her leadership played an integral role in evolving Jones and Lemoncocco into authentic and unique brands that resonate well with consumers. We look forward to continuing to work with Jennifer on the board level, along with having her support as the company’s second largest shareholder.”
Mr. Colbourne received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Mary’s University and the chartered accounting designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He currently is on the board of directors for Harbor Wholesale, Bargreen Ellingson and Ellenos Yogurt.