President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark Murray has spent 38 years in the CPG industry. He was appointed to serve as the Jones Soda Company’s President, effective September 2020. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in December 2020 and became a Board Member in July 2021. Mr. Murray was most recently the President of JGC Food Company (“JGC”), a position he held from 2017 to May 2019. At JGC he helped lead a team that more than tripled the business, added a national manufacturing footprint, and eventually sold the company to a private equity firm. Prior to that, Mr. Murray held numerous roles in Sales and Marketing, including a 22-year career with Kraft Foods. Mr. Murray received a Bachelor of Arts, Marketing, from Michigan State University.
President & Chief Operating Officer of the Jones Soda Division
Mr. Chastain was appointed as our Chief Operating Officer effective June 2014 and President effective December 2021. He has been with the Company for 20 years, and previously served as Vice President of Operations of the Company from May 2002 to June 2014. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Chastain is responsible for directing the operational aspects of our contract manufacturing, as well as purchasing, logistics, and product development. Additionally, Mr. Chastain leads the international business development for the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Chastain had several years of beverage manufacturing experience as Director of Operations. Mr. Chastain attended Washington State University and Central Washington University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
Director Since: December 2020
Jamie was appointed interim Chief Executive Officer for the Company from April 2020 to November 2020. He became a Board Member in December 2020, then the Chairman of our Board of Directors in January 2021. Most recently, Jamie served as Chief Executive Officer and board member for JGC Foods, where he significantly expanded the company’s distribution network with national retailers and executing a plan for a national footprint in the fresh food category. Prior to JGC Foods, Colbourne was the Chief Operating Officer of Charlie’s Produce, the largest independent distributor of produce on the West Coast and into Canada. Mr. Colbourne has also held various executive positions and served on the board of directors for notable consumer and CPG brands, including Litehouse Products, Tully’s Coffee, Haagen-Dazs and 7UP Canada. Mr. Colbourne holds a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Mary’s University and the chartered accounting designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Harbor Wholesale, Bargreen Ellingson, Ellenos Yogurt, and now Jones Soda Co.
Director Since: August 2019
Since June 2019, Mr. Norman has been chairman and CEO of HeavenlyRx, where he is focused on developing a long-term strategic direction and growing the company’s brand portfolio. Previously, Mr. Norman spent over 30 years at the Kellogg Company, a multinational food manufacturing company, and most recently served as president of the company’s North American operations from April 2015 to April 2018. During his multi-decade career at Kellogg, Mr. Norman led various transformation efforts through strategic portfolio innovation and management that resulted in long-term, profitable growth. Mr. Norman holds a bachelor’s degree in French studies from the University of Portsmouth, and previously was a board member for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where he served on the executive committee.
Director Since: August 2019
Mr. Sirkin is a seasoned marketing executive who has held various executive roles in large, multinational CPG companies. Most recently, from December 2015 to February 2019, he served as chief growth officer at the Kellogg Company, where he was responsible for overseeing sales and marketing strategies, along with leading product innovation and R&D efforts. Prior to Kellogg, from February 2012 to November 2015, Mr. Sirkin held the role of chief marketing officer at Kimberly-Clark, a multinational personal care company, in which he oversaw all marketing operations across the business-to-business and business-to-consumer divisions. Mr. Sirkin holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He currently serves on the board of directors for Screendragon, Generation UCAN and 70 Faces Media.
Director Since: March 2022
Mr. Bronstein has been a director of Jones Soda since February 15, 2022. Currently, Mr. Bronstein serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Fyllo, a company providing compliance-first SaaS solutions for highly regulated industries. He also serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for Tyson 2.0, boxer Mike Tyson’s cannabis company, and Wesana Health, a life science company on a journey to treat traumatic brain injury and mental illness through psychedelics. In addition, he is an investor and partner in Kenan Thompson’s new talent management and production company, Artists for Artists. Previously, Mr. Bronstein served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Amobee Inc. after it was acquired by Adconian Media Group, where he served as Senior Vice President of North American Sales and Partnerships. Mr. Bronstein is also a strategic advisor at OpenWeb. He graduated from Miami University in 2009. We believe Mr. Bronstein brings to our Board of Directors executive leadership experience and a knowledge of the cannabis industry.