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Interim President and CEO
James D. White is a veteran CEO with a 30-year track record of success at global retail brands, including Jamba Juice, Safeway Stores, Inc., the Gillette Company, Nestlé-Purina PetCare and Coca Cola. He joined Ocean Spray as a Board Advisor in 2019 before becoming interim CEO in 2020 and adds his passion to the company’s mission of connecting families and farms for a better life.
“This is a time of great positive momentum at Ocean Spray. I have total confidence in the team and tremendous respect for the growers and families who have built this extraordinary cooperative over the past 90 years. Together we will keep the business moving forward on the path to success.”
James is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba Juice, where he led the successful turnaround and transformation of the company from a made-to-order smoothie shop to a global, healthy active lifestyle brand. He began his career in the beverage space at Coca Cola, focusing on the Minute Maid brand.
James currently serves on the boards of Panera Bread Company-JAB Holdings, Simply Good Foods, and Schnucks, and as Chairman of the Board of Fair Trade USA. He previously served on the non-profit boards of The Organic Center and the Network of Executive Women.