Westrock Coffee Company
When Scott Ford started Westrock Coffee, the goal was to give back in a way that led to economic change in the lives of the people of Rwanda. Evidence of success 10 years later is a vertically integrated coffee company that impacts more than 1 million members of small-holder farming households in more than 20 different coffee-growing countries worldwide. Prior to co-founding Westrock, Ford served as president and CEO of Alltel Corporation.
He began his professional career as an investment banker and subsequently served as the assistant to the chairman at Stephens Group where his work involved traditional investment banking services, equity portfolio management, venture capital investing and acquisitions in the media industry. He currently serves on the board of directors for AT&T Inc.
The C-Suite: That place where most of us strive to be when we launch a career. Referring to the cluster of top-level executive positions within most companies — chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), chief financial officer (CFO) and chief information officer (CIO) — the C-Suite entails hard work, high stress and long hours. But the rewards can be substantial.
AMP asked readers to tell us who their favorite C-Suite executives were. Their titles may not precisely reflect “CEO” or any of the others, but their roles do. This isn’t a “best of” or a “top executives” list; but it’s a way to recognize many of those business executives in Arkansas whose hard work makes The Natural State a great place to live and work.
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