Figuereo joins Cott on March 26, 2007 from Wal-Mart International, where he has held the position of Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions since 2003. In this role, he provided leadership to Wal-Mart's international growth strategy through acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures in global markets.
Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Figuereo spent 15 years with PepsiCo in a variety of international finance and general management roles, first within the Pepsi-Cola organization and then in the Frito Lay business. He held Chief Financial Officer roles for Frito Lay in Southern Europe, and Pepsi-Cola in Brazil and Latin America. He also spent three years as Managing Director of Frito Lay Dominicana, where he was responsible for the full scope of business operations in the Caribbean.
"Juan's extensive global experience and his hands-on leadership of financial turnarounds is a perfect fit for Cott at this stage in our Company's evolution," commented Brent Willis, Cott's Chief Executive Officer. "His in-depth knowledge of the beverage industry and retail environments will be extremely valuable in driving profitability in our core North American business and his track record of global success is a great fit with our future growth opportunities. We're extremely pleased that Juan is joining our team and I am confident that he will quickly make a significant contribution to our priorities of cost reduction, retailer partnerships, innovation and building a high-performance, winning team."
"I also want to thank Tina Dell'Aquila for her stewardship as the Company's interim CFO," added Willis. "She has been an important resource and will continue to be a valuable member of Cott's leadership team."
Figuereo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Florida International University and he completed the Financial Management Program at the University of London in England. He is a Certified Public Accountant and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
From the March 26, 2007, Prepared Foods e-Flash