Royal Cup Coffee & Tea Announces Executive Promotion of Heather Leonard

Aug. 19, 2020

Royal Cup's promotion of Heather Leonard signals the company's enhanced focus on human resources.  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Cup Coffee & Tea (Royal Cup, Inc.), a leading importer, roaster and distributor of premium coffees and teas, today announced that Heather Leonard has been promoted to senior vice president human resources effective immediately.

Heather joined Royal Cup in November 2019 as vice president human resources and has led several significant projects since joining the organization. The organization is witness to her strong partnership approach to every function of the business and has increased human resources' overall impact on the business.

"We are very pleased with the progress Heather has made since joining the Company," said Chip Wann, president and CEO of Royal Cup. "She has been a very valuable partner as we work to be a better employer for our employee base, as well as the challenges presented by COVID-19. We are excited to recognize Heather's accomplishments since joining the Company."

Most recently, and with the support of the human resources team at Royal Cup, Heather designed and implemented the company's employee COVID-19 plan and related response.

"While no one could have predicted the challenges this pandemic has caused, I am incredibly proud of how my team has responded to support the business and our employees during these trying times," said Leonard.

Looking forward, Leonard sees opportunity to further engage the HR function with cross functional teams as they seek to continue and grow Royal Cup's employer of choice status in the Birmingham market, as well as the areas served by the company throughout the United States. Revising the recruitment strategy and approach to hiring will be a key aspect of retaining and obtaining high performing, highly skilled employees as the Company continues to grow its reach in the coffee and tea marketplace.

"I am grateful for the opportunity Royal Cup has provided to me. I am proud of the focus our HR team has on continuously striving to transform the rewards and overall work experience for our employees," said Leonard. "We have made great progress towards that goal in a short time frame within safety, benefits, and training; and will continue to make significant strides as a team."  

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About Royal Cup Coffee & Tea

Royal Cup Coffee & Tea is the proven leader in sourcing, roasting, blending and providing high-quality coffees and fine teas since 1896 and is the chosen partner for restaurants, hotels, offices and commuters across the country. We are a family-owned business rooted in a longstanding tradition of coffee roasting excellence who takes pride in our unparalleled dedication to customer care. For more information, visit, or find us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter


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