Chairman of the board and chief executive officer, The Coca-Cola CompanyMuhtar Kent is chairman of the board and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, a position he has held since April 2009. Previously, he was president and CEO and earlier, president and chief operating officer.
Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978, holding a variety of marketing and operations leadership positions over his career. In 1985, he became general manager of Coca-Cola Turkey and Central Asia. Beginning in 1989, he was president of the company’s East Central Europe division and senior vice president of Coca-Cola International, responsible for 23 countries.
In 1995, Kent was named managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil-Europe, covering bottling operations in 12 countries. In 1999, he became president and CEO of the Efes Beverage Group, a diversified beverage company with Coca-Cola and beer operations across Southeast Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia.
He returned to The Coca-Cola Company in 2005 as president and chief operating officer of the company’s North Asia, Eurasia, and Middle East Group, an organization serving a region that included China, Japan, and Russia. Less than a year later, Kent became president of Coca-Cola International, leading operations outside North America.
Kent holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Hull in England and an M.S. in administrative sciences from Cass Business School, City University London.
Active in the global business community, he is chairman of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s CEO Council on Health and Innovation, a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the Business Roundtable, immediate past co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, a past chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council, and chairman emeritus of the U.S. ASEAN Business Council.
He is a member of the Eminent Persons Group for ASEAN, appointed by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He serves on the boards of 3M, Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst, and Emory University.