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Coca-Cola shuffles executive management team

Published 13 December 2013

Coca-Cola has named its global chief customer officer J Alexander M. Douglas as group president of Coca-Cola North America (CCNA).


Douglas, who will continue in his current role, will report to chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent.

Starting 1 January 2014, Coca-Cola will segment its integrated North America business into a traditional company and bottler operating model. It will have two operating units: Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Refreshments.

In his new role, North America brands, foodservice, brand commercial, retail sales, research & development, venturing and emerging brands, strategy, franchise leadership and transformation and the Canadian franchise operations will report to Douglas.

Paul Mulligan will become president of Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR), the bottling operations of North America.

Mulligan is currently head of commercial for Bottling Investments Group (BIG), and region director for Japan and Latin America BIG operations. He will report to Irial Finan, president of BIG.

In his new role, CCR Canada, product supply chain and service, bottler commercial, customer care and region sales will report to Mulligan.

As part of restructuring, CCR will become part of BIG, while the Latin America Group, led by group president Brian Smith, will become part of Coca-Cola International. Smith will report to Ahmet Bozer, president of Coca-Cola International.

Coca-Cola Americas president Steve Cahillane has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.


Image: Alexander M. Douglas. Photo: Courtesy of Businesswire/Coca Cola.