Now, we are in a position to leverage this flexibility to return to a traditional company and bottling operating model in North America, which will enhance our focus on execution and accelerate the refranchising of our bottling system in our flagship market.”
Added Kent: “Sandy and Paul are proven leaders with extensive System experience, and they will make a great team. Sandy knows the U.S. business as well as any beverage executive and has played an integral leadership role in implementing our 21 st Century beverage partnership model in the U.S. Paul is a very strong operator who brings 17 years of U.S. and international bottling experience to this new role. And Paul will have the benefit of working closely with Irial, whose leadership of BIG has significantly improved the performance of our company-owned bottling operations around the world.
“Finally, I would like to thank Steve Cahillane for his many contributions to the North American business,” said Kent. “Under Steve’s leadership, our North America business delivered several consecutive quarters of volume and value share gains, despite operating in a very difficult economic environment the past three years. We wish him well.”
Prior to Douglas’s appointment as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Customer Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, he was President of Coca-Cola North America. Sandy joined The Coca-Cola Company in January 1988 as a District Sales Manager for the Foodservice Division of Coca-Cola USA. He also held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in Coca-Cola USA. He was named Vice President of Coca-Cola USA in 1994, assuming leadership of the CCE Sales & Marketing Group. In 1998, his responsibilities were increased to include the entire North American Field Sales & Marketing Groups. He was appointed President of the North America Retail Division in 2000.Douglas began his career at The Procter & Gamble Company working in a variety of sales and sales management positions.