DS Waters CEO Dillon Schickli Announces Retirement; Tom Harrington to Serve as New CEO

DS Waters CEO Dillon Schickli Announces Retirement; Tom Harrington to Serve as
                                   New CEO

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2013

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DS Waters of America, Inc. today
announced the retirement of its chief executive officer, Dillon Schickli, and
that its board of directors has named Tom Harrington to serve as the company's
new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Harrington previously
served as the company's president and chief operating officer; his new role
combines the previously divided roles of president and chief executive
officer.

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Schickli first joined DS Waters in 2005 as co-chief executive officer and
board member, and under his leadership the company quickly saw significant
improvements in financial performance, customer service and operating
efficiency. In 2012, under the guidance of both Schickli and Harrington, DS
Waters achieved its strongest net customer growth in over a decade and had
much improved year-over-year financial performance, including record revenue.
"We are now leading the HOD water industry in growth and are a major player in
the office coffee service and filtration businesses," Schickli said. "I
believe that our 2013 prospects for further gains in customer growth and
financial performance are great, and I expect the Company will exceed its
goals for financial performance."

Harrington's contributions to the company's strong 2012 performance include
both leading the acquisition and integration of the Standard Coffee Service
Company and executing DS Waters' expanded strategy to become a leading
direct-to-consumer beverage services provider. "I can think of no one more
deserving or capable of taking over leadership of DS Waters," Schickli
stated. "Knowing that the company will be in good hands under the leadership
of Tom and the rest of our experienced management team has made my decision to
retire much easier."

Harrington brings 27 years of beverage industry experience to his new role as
the company's chief executive, including nine years with DS Waters. After
joining the company in 2004 as senior vice president of the central division,
Harrington later served as western division president in 2005 and was promoted
to chief operating officer in 2008 and president in 2011. Prior to joining DS
Waters, Harrington was in the carbonated soft drink industry where he held
various roles within Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. and Coca-Cola North America,
including vice president and general manager of Coca-Cola Enterprises in both
the New York and Chicago divisions.

Harrington said, "I would like to thank Dillon for his contributions and
service to DS Waters, and wish him congratulations on his retirement. DS is
one of the service industry's great companies, with a long history of
exceptional customer service and strong positions in each of its key lines of
business, delivered from a platform that provides exciting opportunities for
growth. I look forward to continue working with our talented team of
associates as we build upon our successes and continue to execute our plans
for growth."

About DS Waters:
DS Waters of America, Inc. (DS Waters) delivers bottled water, brewed coffee
and beverage-related equipment, plus water filtration systems to homes and
offices across the U.S. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company serves
over one million home, office, restaurants, food service organizations,
convenience stores, and retail locations. Several of our drinking water
brands have been satisfying consumers for well over 100 years. DS Waters
bottled water products are sold under the brand names Alhambra^®, Athena^®,
Belmont Springs^®, Crystal Springs^®, Deep Rock^®, Hinckley Springs^®, ^
Kentwood Springs^®, Mount Olympus^®, Nursery^® Water, Sierra Springs^®, and
Sparkletts^®. DS Waters offers brewed coffee and tea beverages under the
Standard Coffee^®, Javarama^®, and Roast2Coast^® brands. DS Waters provides
water filtration systems under the brands StanGuard Quality Water Assurance™
and MyUtapia^®, as well as equipment and services under the Relyant Coffee
Equipment Services™ brand. Visit www.water.com, www.nurserywater.com,
www.standardcoffee.com, www.coffeeservice.com, www.dailyperk.com,
www.brewerservice.com, www.officewater.com, and www.myutapia.com, for more
information.

SOURCE DS Waters of America, Inc.

Website: http://www.water.com
Contact: DS Waters, +1-770-933-1400
 
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