Innocent CEO steps down

Innocent has announced its CEO Douglas Lamont is stepping down from his position this autumn, being succeeded by the company’s current European vice president Nick Canney.

Lamont has been with the drinks supplier for over 15 years, most recently holding the position of CEO for nearly nine years. He has also held senior positions prior, including, marketing and innovation director, director of innovation, managing director and head of new opportunities.

Under Lamont’s leadership, Innocent’s growth has been underpinned by a long-term commitment to sustainable and responsible business. Earlier this year, it became one of only a handful of businesses to achieve both a $1 billion brand status and a B Corp score of over 100 points.

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He was also a board member of the British Soft Drinks Association, and AIJN European Fruit Juice Association.

“Lamont, added: “As my fantastic journey at innocent comes to an end later this year, I couldn’t be more delighted that Nick is taking up the reigns from me and I know that he and the whole innocent team will continue to take the business from strength to strength in line with our purpose, vision and values”

His successor, Canney joined the drinks brand as UK&I managing director in 2015 and has been innocent’s European managing director since 2019 and during this time, he has helped grow the brand and oversaw the expansion in key markets such as Germany, France and the UK, the company said.

Prior to joining Innocent, Canney held senior roles at Coca-Cola Enterprises GB, where he was vice president of sales and marketing, and Cadbury as UK grocery sales director.

“Innocent is truly a wonderful business, that has always focused on growing in the right way. I feel hugely privileged to take on this new role as we get ourselves ready for our next phase of growth.  I am committed to driving the business forward with purpose and people at the heart,” Canney, said.

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