Long Island Iced Tea names two senior executives
Julian Davidson, who first joined the Company in June 2015 as a consultant to assist in the execution of its growth initiatives, has been appointed as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company.
Mr. Davidson has nearly 25 years of experience in the beverage industry, including most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Independent Liquor NZ’s businesses in New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
In addition to being responsible for Independent Liquor’s New Zealand, US and Canadian operations, Mr. Davidson’s senior management career in the beverage and hospitality industries includes positions with Lion Nathan New Zealand and Australia, Pepsico New Zealand and Australia, and the Lantern Hotel Group.
Mr. Davidson is also on the Board of Directors of Smartfoods, an innovative New Zealand food producer.
Additionally, Richard Allen, the former Chief Financial Officer of Snapple Beverages Group, has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Allen most recently worked for Beverage Innovations, an incubator beverage company, serving on its Board of Directors and acting as Chief Financial Officer.
He previously held various senior positions at Snapple and Cadbury Schweppes (who purchased Snapple in 2000 from Triarc Industries), including Senior Vice President of Business Development and M&A for Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, General Manager of Pacific Snapple Distributors, Senior Vice President of Business Development and M&A for Snapple Distributors, and Chief Financial Officer of Snapple Beverage Group.
Before joining Snapple, Mr. Allen worked for RJR Nabisco, previously Nabisco Brands and Standard Brands, in various audit, accounting and analytic positions culminating in Vice President and Corporate Assistant Controller. ■