Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has elected Coca-Cola VP Javier Goizueta to its global board of trustees, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Goizueta leads a worldwide organization responsible for building Coke's strategic alliance with McDonald’s in more than 100 countries. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, he spent 20 years with Procter & Gamble in U.S. Operations and in Latin America. Goizueta serves on several boards, including Woodruff Arts Center, Emory University, Notre Dame University’s Institute for Latino Studies and Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.

RMHC creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. The global nonprofit's board of trustees also elected Grace Fung Oei, former vice chairman, corporate and institutional clients of Standard Chartered Bank Limited in Hong Kong. 

"The board’s decision to elect Grace and Javier will help our organization build upon a strong foundation that is focused on supporting the critical needs of children around the world,” said J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, president and CEO, RMHC. “Their leadership, expertise and passion for helping others will help ensure RMHC meets the goals of our Impact Strategy and succeeds in helping enable family-centered care for even more children in the coming years.”

This past October, Ronald McDonald House Charities celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House and currently serves nearly 9 million children annually through its core family-centered programs. 

Through its global network of 300 Chapters in more than 62 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to heal and cope better together.