ATLANTA (AP) _ Jack Stahl, a 46-year-old Coca-Cola executive who has been with the company for 20 years, reportedly will be named the next president of the soft drink giant.

Coke's board of directors is expected to select Stahl at its Tuesday meeting, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said in its Sunday editions, citing unidentified company officials.

``Jack is a huge asset to the company,'' said John Sicher, publisher of Beverage Digest. ``He has run the North American business, he's been chief financial officer and his personal relations with the bottlers are excellent.''

Stahl would take over the No. 2 spot when the current president, Douglas Daft, assumes the top post of chairman in April. M. Douglas Ivester announced last month that he was retiring as chairman.

Stahl, a Boston native, began his career as an investor relations specialist. He became the company's head of North American operations in 1994.