Dr. Ed Hays

Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

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Dr. Ed Hays is Chief Technical Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. The areas within Technical are Coca-Cola Freestyle, Commercial Products Supply, Flavor Manufacturing and Supply, Global Sustainable Procurement, Quality, Safety and Environment, Research and Development, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Technical Governance.

Hays joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1985 as a scientist in Corporate R&D. During his career, he held positions of increasing responsibility including Director of Product Development in Corporate R&D, Director of R&D based in Tokyo, Japan for the Middle and Far East Group and Director of Corporate R&D. In 2000, he was elected a Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company. In 2001, he assumed responsibility for the science function and in 2015 was named Chief Technical Officer.

Hays has served as President for the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and is currently on the boards of FEMA and the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aromas Trades. Additionally, he has served on the advisory board of the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Board of Directors of The Atlanta College of Art, the Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta and committees of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

He holds a B.S.A., M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Georgia.