Muhtar Kent is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Coca-Cola Company, a position he has held since April 2009. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer and earlier, president and chief operating officer. Mr. Kent joined the Coca-Cola Company in 1978. In 1985, he became general manager of Coca-Cola Turkey and Central Asia. Beginning in 1989, 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. In 1995, Mr. Kent was named managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil-Europe, covering bottling operations in 12 countries, and became president and CEO of the Efes Beverage Group in 1999. In 2005, he returned to the Coca-Cola Company as president and chief operating officer of the Company's North Asia, Eurasia, and Middle East Group. Mr. Kent is co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum, and a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He was recently appointed as a member of the Eminent Persons Group for ASEAN by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. He serves on the boards of Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Emory University. He is based in Atlanta, GA.
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