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Westrock Coffee’s CEO Scott Ford to be in live event to disclose detail plan of the merging with Riverview Acquisition Corp on July 28

Westrock Coffee’s CEO Scott Ford to be in live event to disclose detail plan of the merging with Riverview Acquisition Corp on July 28

July 18 - 2022

Coffee Geography Magazine


IPO Edge and the Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association will host a fireside chat with the CEO and CFO of Westrock Coffee Company on Thursday, July 28 at 11am ET to discuss the upcoming merger with Riverview Acquisition Corp. The live event will feature Westrock Co-Founder and CEO Scott Ford and CFO Chris Pledger joined by IPO Edge Editor-in-Chief John Jannarone and Editor-at-Large Jarrett Banks in a moderated video session lasting approximately 60 minutes including a Q&A with the audience. 

Ford and Pledger will discuss Westrock Coffee’s upcoming merger with Riverview Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company and the Company’s background, including Scott’s sale of Alltel, his work in Rwanda during his early years, and his work with smallholder farmers. Scott Ford, Co-founder of Westrock Coffee Company, currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. When Scott started Westrock Coffee, the goal was to give back in a way that led to economic change in the lives of people in Rwanda. Ten years later, the vertically integrated coffee company brought impacts over one million members of smallholder farming households in more than 20 different coffee growing countries worldwide.

Scott Ford, CEO and co-founder of Westrock Coffee

Scott Ford, CEO and co-founder of Westrock Coffee

Prior to co-founding Westrock, Scott served as President and CEO of Alltel Corporation. Scott 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 of AT&T Inc.

The other guest on the live event will be Chris Pledger who serves as Chief Financial Officer at Westrock Coffee Company, overseeing all finance, accounting, tax, and corporate development functions for the company worldwide. He also leads the global expansion of the company’s trading and export operations. Prior to joining Westrock Coffee in 2013, Chris served as the company’s outside legal counsel as a partner at Kutak Rock LLP. He has also served as a legal, international business, and finance executive at Hunt Oil Company. Chris began his career as a corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of Falcon Coffees Limited and Rwanda Trading Company. 

Westrock Coffee Holdings, LLC is a leading integrated coffee, tea, flavors, extracts, and ingredients solutions provider in the U.S., providing coffee sourcing, supply chain management, product development, roasting, packaging, and distribution services to the retail, food service and restaurant, convenience store and travel center, CPG, non-commercial and hospitality industries around the world. With offices in 10 countries, the company sources coffee and tea from 35 origin countries.