The Coca-Cola Company Chief Administrative Officer Alexander B. Cummings to Retire

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Coca-Cola Company today announced that Executive Vice President and
Chief Administrative Officer Alexander B. Cummings will retire March 31,
2016 after more than 18 years of distinguished service to the Company.

A highly respected leader within the Coca-Cola system, Cummings joined
The Coca-Cola Company in July 1997 as Deputy Region Manager for Nigeria
and quickly advanced to become President of Coca-Cola’s Africa Group in
2001. A native of Liberia, West Africa, Cummings led a period of strong
growth in Coca-Cola’s Africa business, overseeing critical investments
in marketing and infrastructure across 56 African countries and
territories from 2001-2008.

In July 2008, Cummings was named to his current position of Chief
Administrative Officer to consolidate oversight of key global corporate
functions including Legal, People, Strategic Planning, Information
Technology, Strategic Security, Sustainability and Technical. He has
played a key role as an executive sponsor of efforts to imbed
productivity throughout the Company, including current efforts to
achieve $3 billion in annual cost savings by 2019.

“We thank Alex for his tireless service to growing and advancing our
business in key markets around the world,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman
and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company. “Alex’s legacy will be as a leader who
focused on growth and made us more efficient and effective. He also has
a passion for our people and a vision for building sustainable
communities as part of our local business. We wish will him well on his

During Cummings’ time as Coca-Cola Africa’s President, he oversaw the
creation of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation in response to the growth
and impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In 2001, the Foundation established
an extensive healthcare program for Coca-Cola workers affected by
HIV/AIDS and related conditions across Africa in addition to supporting
HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness throughout local communities. Today,
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is the largest regional foundation
within Coca-Cola’s global network with a focus on clean water, health
education and entrepreneurship. Since 2001, it has granted more than
$100 million to support sustainable communities in Africa.

Before joining Coca-Cola, Cummings served in a variety of roles for The
Pillsbury Company.

With Cummings’ retirement, the role of Chief Administrative Officer will
not be filled and the reporting structure for the global administrative
functions will be realigned within the existing senior leadership team.

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage
company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still
brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and
recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar
brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater,
Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are
the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and
juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage
distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our
beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring
commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused
on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active,
healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our
associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities
where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the
world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system
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