President, Bottling Investments
Executive Vice President
The Coca-Cola Company
Irial Finan is an executive vice president of The Coca-Cola
Company and president of Bottling Investments Group (“BIG”), a multi-billion
dollar bottling business owned by the Company. BIG has operations in five
continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia). He has
responsibility for operations with more than $20 billion in revenues and more
than 100,000 employees. Additionally,
he is responsible for stewarding The Company’s Equity Investments.
Irial has over 32 years of experience in The Coca-Cola System.
From 2001 to 2003, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola HBC,
during which time he managed the merger integration of Coca-Cola Beverages plc
and Hellenic Bottling SA, and led the combined company's operations in 26
countries. Irial joined the Coca-Cola
Company in 2004 as President, Bottling Investments and Supply Chain and was
named Executive Vice President of the Company in October 2004.
From 1995 to 1999, he was
managing director of Molino Beverages, with responsibility for expanding
markets, including the Republic
of Ireland, Northern Ireland,
Prior to that role, Irial worked in
several markets across Europe. From 1991 to 1993 he served as managing
director of Coca-Cola Bottlers Ulster, Ltd., based in Belfast.
He was finance director, Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland, Ltd., based in Dublin from 1984 to 1990.
Irial currently serves
on the board of directors for Coca-Cola FEMSA, Coca-Cola HBC, Coca-Cola East
Japan, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Supervisory Board for CCE AG (Germany),
G2G trading, Smurfit Kappa Group and The American-Ireland Fund. He is non-executive director for Co-operation
Ireland and NUI Galway Foundation.
He is a recipient of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Leadership Award in
recognition for his professional and personal commitment to Ireland. He is also a Stars of the South Honoree.
Irial holds a Bachelor of
Commerce degree from National University of Ireland in Galway and is an
Associate (later Fellow) of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants. He
was recently conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from NUI Galway
He and his wife, Deirdre, live
in Atlanta, USA and have two daughters, Ciara and Roisin.