Kent is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola
Company, a position he has held since April 2009. Previously he was President and
Chief Executive Officer and earlier, President and Chief Operating Officer.
joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978, holding a variety of marketing
and operations leadership positions over the course of his career. In 1985, he
became General Manager of Coca-Cola Turkey and Central Asia. Beginning in 1989,
he served as President of the Company's East Central Europe Division and Senior
Vice President of Coca-Cola International, with responsibility for 23
Mr. Kent was named Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil-Europe, covering
bottling operations in 12 countries. In 1999, he became President and CEO of
the Efes Beverage Group, a diversified beverage company with Coca-Cola and beer
operations across Southeast Europe, Turkey and Central Asia.
Mr. Kent returned
to The Coca-Cola Company in 2005 as President and Chief Operating Officer of
the Company's North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group, an organization
serving a broad and diverse region that included China, Japan and Russia. Less
than a year later, he became President of Coca-Cola International, leading all
of the Company's operations outside North America.
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Hull in
England and a Master of Science degree in Administrative Sciences from Cass Business
School, City University London.
the global business community, Mr. Kent is Chairman of the International
Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy
Center’s CEO Council on Health and Innovation, a fellow of the Foreign Policy
Association, a member of the Business Roundtable, immediate past Co-Chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, a past
Chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and Chairman Emeritus of the U.S.
ASEAN Business Council. He also is a member of the Eminent Persons Group for
ASEAN, appointed by President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton. He serves on the boards of 3M, Special
Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Emory