Two Coca-Cola executives—Kathy Waller and Helen Smith Price—have been recognized by Black Enterprise as two of the “Most Powerful Women in Business.” Selected by the magazine’s editors, the exclusive listing includes the highest-ranking and most influential African-American female executives.
As executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Coca-Cola Company, Waller leads the company’s Global Finance organization and represents the company to investors, lenders and rating agencies. Departments within the company reporting to Waller are Tax, Treasury, Mergers and Acquisitions, Audit, Investor Relations, Finance Capabilities, Investor Relations, Global Finance Operations and the Controller's Group, which is responsible for internal and external financial reporting and the company's control environment.
Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of Global Community Affairs, leads Coca-Cola’s charitable arm, which has awarded more than $900 million since 1984 to support projects focused on global access to water, youth education and development, women’s empowerment and more.
Many executives on the Black Enterprise list hold C-suite positions, and others manage significant lines of business or serve on the executive leadership teams of their companies in the role of president, executive vice president, managing director, general counsel or senior vice president. Honorees also contribute to the development of business operational and financial policies and strategies of their companies, representing industries including advertising/marketing/PR, automotive and entertainment/media/sports.
Beyond the magazine, Black Enterprise’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” feature will appear online at BlackEnterprise.com, and honorees will be recognized at the publication’s Women of Power Summit March 10 in Phoenix.