US sugar refiner Imperial Sugar Co. has confirmed the appointment of John Sheptor as president and CEO.

Sheptor takes over from Robert Peiser in each capacity in a succession that was announced last November.

Sheptor joined the Texas-based company as executive vice president and chief operating officer in February 2007.

Imperial's chairman of the board, James Gaffney, said: "We look forward to building on past accomplishments with John as our new chief executive. We all think that his talents, experience and vision, which include significant international activities, a focus on R&D and an extensive operations background, are very consistent with the current needs of the Company."