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Coke Exec Named Head of Diversity

October 2, 2001

ATLANTA (AP) _ Coca-Cola executive Juan D. Johnson, director of the company’s diversity strategies, has been appointed president of the new Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta.

Coke, which paid a record $192.5 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit, donated $1.5 million in November to establish the academy.

Charlene Crusoe-Ingram, a senior vice president for Coca-Cola North America, will succeed Johnson as director of the company’s diversity efforts.

Johnson, 43, will continue as a Coke vice president. His new position will include starting new diversity training centers around the country.

Also Monday, the academy announced its 45-member inaugural class.

It includes Fulton County Sheriff Jacquelyn Barrett; Milton Nix Jr., director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Allison Vulgamore, president of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and Lisa Rossbacher, president of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta.

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