Coca-Cola Company appoints four to board
Barry Simpson was elected as a Senior Vice President. He became Chief Information Officer earlier this fal. A nearly 30-year IT industry veteran, Mr. Simpson joined the Coca-Cola system in 2008 as Group CIO of the Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) Group.
Mr. Simpson joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in January 2016. Before joining the Coca-Cola system, he served in various IT leadership roles for Colgate-Palmolive based in Australia, Malaysia and the United States from 1990-2008.
Mr. Simpson holds a Bachelor’s of Economics from Sydney University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Robert Long served as Global Vice President of Research and Development since June. He joined the company in 2004 as Vice President of Global Packaging Platforms.
Mr. Long also has served as head of the company’s Research and Development Center in Tokyo and led the technical functions for Coca-Cola North America.
Mr. Long holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from Xavier University of Ohio.
Bernard McGuinness is a 17-year Coca-Cola veteran who recently was appointed Vice President of Science. In this role he is responsible for leading Flavor Manufacturing, Flavor Ingredient Supply and Ingredient Quality.
Since 2012, Mr. McGuinness has been responsible for all aspects of quality assurance and the implementation of environmental and safety standards across the company’s global concentrate manufacturing operations, most recently as Director of Process Optimization and Quality for Commercial Product Supply.
Mr. McGuinness joined the company in Ballina, Ireland in 1999 and was named General Manager of the Ballina facility in 2009.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland in Galway.
As Vice President of Commercial Product Supply, Darlene Nicosia leads a multi-billion dollar supply chain responsible for the manufacturing and sale of concentrates and beverage bases to Coca-Cola bottlers globally.
Since joining the company in 1993 as an analyst in the Coca-Cola North America Fountain division, Ms. Nicosia has held positions of increasing responsibility, including as Distributor Account Executive for the company’s McDonald’s Division, Director of Procurement for the Coca-Cola Europe Group, and as the company’s Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer.
Ms. Nicosia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Business Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The Board also said that Howard G. Buffett will not stand for re-election to the Board at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareowners in April 2017.
Mr. Buffett joined The Coca-Cola Company’s Board of Directors in December 2010 and has served as a member of the Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee since 2011.
From 1993-2004 Mr. Buffett served as a director on the Board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., which at the time was the largest bottler of Coca-Cola beverages in North America and Western Europe.
In addition to his role with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Mr. Buffett serves as President of Buffett Farms, a commercial farming operation in Nebraska, and, since 1993, has served as a director of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
From 1995 to January 2016, he also served as a director of Lindsay Corporation. ■