The Coca-Cola Co., Inc. announced today that it has completed the formation of its senior leadership team within its new global operating structure. Coke appointed a number of executives to top positions in its newly organized three operating businesses - Coca-Cola International, Coca-Cola Americas and Bottling Investments Group (BIG) – effective on Jan. 1, 2013. Of note, President of Coca-Cola North America J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas Jr. will be elevated to the position of Global Chief Customer Officer, and Katie Bayne, President of North America Sparkling Beverages, will become President, North America Brands, a unit that encompasses a range of brands, including Vitaminwater and Minute Maid.
Here is Coke’s press release announcing the changes:
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Coca-Cola Company today announced a number of leadership appointments to support the Company’s new global operating structure. The changes complete the Company’s senior leadership roster in support of the previously announced news that Ahmet Bozer, Steve Cahillane and Irial Finan will lead the Company’s three operating businesses – Coca-Cola International, Coca-Cola Americas and Bottling Investments Group (BIG), respectively. The changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.
The new structure will consolidate leadership of global operations under the Bottling Investments Group and two large, but similar sized geographic regions to streamline reporting lines, intensify focus on key markets and create a structure that leverages synergies and provides flexibility to adjust the business within these geographies in the future.
With the changes, The Coca-Cola Company’s three operating businesses reporting to Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent will be structured as follows:
Coca-Cola Americas will include the Company’s North America and Latin America Groups, reporting to Cahillane.
North America Group
The Company will complete the formation of a unified North America structure designed to leverage world-class brand marketing capabilities with best-in-class supply chain and customer service capabilities. The new structure will fully position the Company’s U.S. and Canada business to operate as an aligned and agile unit to best serve bottlers, customers and consumers in its flagship market.
Latin America Group
Coca-Cola International will include the Company’s Eurasia & Africa, Europe and Pacific Groups, reporting to Bozer.
Eurasia & Africa Group
Coca-Cola International functional leaders reporting to Ahmet Bozer will include Harry Anderson, Finance; Paul Fourie, Strategy and Planning, and; Stevens Sainte-Rose, Human Resources.
BOTTLING INVESTMENTS GROUP
The Bottling Investments Group’s senior operational leadership team reporting to Finan includes:
Finan’s functional reports include: Sunil Ghatnekar, Finance; William Hovis, Procurement; Afzaal Malik, Public Affairs & Communications; Mark Pitts, Executive Assistant; Javier Polit, Information Technology; Bjarne Tellmann, Legal, and; Nick Wall, Human Resources.
In addition to Bozer, Cahillane, Finan, Douglas, Reiniche and Reyes, Kent’s direct reports will include Alex Cummings, Chief Administrative Officer; Gary Fayard, Chief Financial Officer; Javier Goizueta, President, The McDonald’s Division; Julie Hamilton, Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO; Joseph Tripodi, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer; and Clyde Tuggle, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates the talented, diverse and experienced senior management team our Company is fortunate to have worldwide,” Kent said. “These executives are leading our operating businesses around the world at a critical time as we build the right structure for the next phase of our journey toward achieving our 2020 Vision. We have solid momentum in our business, and we continue to lay the foundation for strong leadership and management continuity for years to come.”
More information on the Company’s previously announced plan to organize around three major operating businesses is available at:
Biographies of each of the leaders named are available at:
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, our Company’s portfolio features 15 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system employees. For more information, please visit www.thecoca-colacompany.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo.
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