John, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and CFO, will add the President’s role to his cap following the retirement of current President Brian Smith (66) who’s served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2019. He’ll remain with the company as a senior executive through to February 2023.
As CFO John is responsible for leading the company’s global finance organisation and representing the company with multiple stakeholders including investors, lenders and rating agencies.
John, 60, has served as CFO since 2019, overseeing Mergers & Acquisitions, Investor Relations, Global Strategy, Tax, Treasury, Audit, Accounting and Controls, Reporting and Analysis, Real Estate and Risk Management.
As President and CFO, he’ll take on expanded duties including oversight of Global Ventures; Platform Services; Online-to-Offline digital transformation as well as customer and commercial leadership.
He began his career at Coca-Cola 34 years ago in 1988 as an International Internal Auditor and in 1991 moved to Coca-Cola Japan as Executive Assistant to the CFO. He went on to serve in expanded responsibilities in various finance, planning and operations roles at Coca-Cola Japan and subsequently worked for the Coca-Cola bottling partner in Singapore, F&N Coca-Cola Ltd.
In 1996, he returned to Coca-Cola as Regional Manager in Indonesia. In 2000, he served as Vice President of Business Systems in Coca-Cola North America before returning to Coca-Cola Japan as Executive Vice President and CFO.
From 2001 to 2002, he worked as executive assistant to the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman.
From 2002 to 2008, he was President of the Brazil division and from 2008 to 2012, served as President of the Mexico division.
In 2004 he was promoted to Deputy President of Coca-Cola Japan before returning to Atlanta in 2005 as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Coca-Cola, a position he held until he became President of the Latin Center business unit in 2008.
From 2008 to 2012, he was President, Latin Center business unit, responsible for operations in 31 countries in Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean Region.
From 2013 to 2016, he served as President, South Latin business unit, where he was responsible for operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
From 2016 to 2018 he served as President of the company’s former Asia Pacific group and was also responsible for the company’s Bottling Investments Group, primarily focused on key markets in Southeast and Southwest Asia.
Before joining Coca-Cola, John worked for four years as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Dublin.