Coca-Cola Names New COO
ATLANTA (AP) _ The Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest beverage maker, said Thursday it has tapped its international operations chief to fill the company’s vacant No. 2 position.
Muhtar Kent’s appointment as Coca-Cola’s president and chief operating officer is effective immediately, the Atlanta-based company said.
In his new role, Kent will be responsible for all of the company’s operating units worldwide. The position is second in line to Chief Executive Neville Isdell.
The post has been vacant since Coca-Cola’s former chief operating officer, Steve Heyer, left the company after being passed over in favor of Isdell for Coca-Cola’s top job.
Heyer left in June 2004. Isdell had said he was in no rush to fill the No. 2 spot, which many believe puts that person in line to become the next CEO. As Heyer’s situation proved, there is no guarantee, however.
Kent first joined the company in Atlanta in 1978 and has held a variety of marketing and operations roles throughout his career. He was named international chief in January, and took on the task of improving the company’s profile with major governments around the world as it grows in other countries.
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