Muhtar Kent

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"Retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest beverage company. Mr. Kent held the position of Chairman of the Board from April 23, 2009 to April 30, 2019. He served as Coca-Cola’s Chief Executive Officer from July 2008 to April 2017. From December 2006 through June 2008, Mr. Kent served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. From January 2006 through December 2006, Mr. Kent served as President of Coca-Cola International. From May 2005 through January 2006, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company’s North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group. Mr. Kent is a member of the board and past Co-Chair of The Consumer Goods Forum and past Chairman of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He serves on the boards of Special Olympics International, Catalyst, Cambridge China Development Trust, and Emory University." <[1]

In 2010, he made $24.8 million.[2] 


Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Coca-Cola is on the Corporate ("Private Enterprise") Board of the American Legislative Exhange Council (ALEC) as of 2011.[6]

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Kent was the "General Manager of Coca-Cola Turkey and Central Asia. From 1989 to 1995, he served as President of the Company's East Central Europe Division and Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola International, with responsibility for 23 countries. Between 1995 and 1998, Mr. Kent served as Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil-Europe, covering bottling operations in 12 countries. Kent was named President and COO of The Coca-Cola Company's North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group from 2005 until early 2006 and President and COO of The Coca-Cola Company, overseeing all operations of the business, including Bottling Investments. He succeeded Neville Isdell as Chief Executive Officer of the Company on July 1, 2008, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors on April 23, 2009."[7]

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  1. 3M Board, organi-zational web page, accessed April 5, 2020.
  2. 2011 Executive PayWatch,"
  3. Ronald McDonald House Charities Trustees, organizational web page, accessed March 27, 2013.
  4. US China Business Council Board, organizational web page, accessed November 20, 2013.
  5. Holdingham Group International Advisory Board, accessed April 30, 2020.
  6. Private Enterprise Board, ALEC website, accessed July 7, 2011.
  7. Senior Leadership Team,"Coca-Cola Company"

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