Appoints Veteran Executive to Oversee Global Operations
Ahmet Bozer, Executive Vice President and President of Coca-ColaInternational, to Retire after Distinguished 25-Year Career
ATLANTA, Aug. 13, 2015 – The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) today announced James Quincey has been named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. As President and COO, Quincey will have responsibility for all of the Company’s operating units worldwide. He will report directly to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent.
Quincey, 50, is a 19-year veteran of Coca-Cola and since 2013 served as President of The Coca-Cola Company’s Europe Group, which comprises 38 countries, including the Member States of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association countries and the Balkans. Under Quincey’s leadership, the Europe Group, the Company’s most profitable operating group, strategically expanded its brand portfolio and improved execution across the geography. These actions helped drive solid topline growth and expanded the Company’s leading market share position in total nonalcoholic ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages despite the volatile and prolonged macroeconomic challenges in the region.
Quincey also played an instrumental role in leading the recently announced proposed merger of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetranke AG to form Coca-Cola European Partners Plc., in what will become the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on net revenues.
“Over nearly two decades, James has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational and commercial accomplishments,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He has proven to be a successful and trusted leader and brings to this position a strong reputation for developing people and inspiring teams. His wealth of experience across our global system, particularly in Europe and Latin America, will be a valuable asset as we continue to accelerate growth through our 2020 Vision and our previously announced five strategic actions. James is emblematic of the deep bench strength we have developed at Coca-Cola, and I could not be more pleased about his appointment to this critical role at this important time.”