Bernard McGuinness

Vice President, Flavor Supply

Bernard McGuinness


Bernard is Vice President of Science. In this role he is responsible for leading Flavor Manufacturing, Flavor Ingredient Supply and Ingredient Quality.  Previously, Bernard was Director for Process Optimization and Quality for Commercial Product Supply (CPS). In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of Quality Assurance, and the implementation of Environmental and Safety standards across all global concentrate manufacturing operations. He moved to Atlanta in 2012, and worked to standardize, and strengthen Quality, Safety and Environmental governance processes, requirements, and capabilities in CPS.

During his 17 years in The Coca-Cola Company he undertook a variety of roles within our CPS operations. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1999 during the construction of our concentrate plant in Ballina, Ireland, as the site Laboratory Manager, managing the design and build of the laboratories. In 2004 his responsibilities expanded as Quality Assurance Manager covering all aspects of Quality, Safety, and Environmental compliance. In 2006 he worked on the implementation of Operational Excellence in CPS, connecting across industries to adopt and integrate best practices. He moved in 2006 to the role of site Operations Manager and subsequently in 2009 to General Manager, CPS Ballina, a position he held until he became Director for Process Optimization and Quality for CPS in 2012.

Before joining The Coca-Cola Company Bernard worked in manufacturing for Intel, in Ireland, and prior to that worked for three years in Research and Development with Unilever, based in the UK. Prior to this he earned a Bachelor of Science and PhD in Biochemistry, both at the National University of Ireland in Galway.