Coca-Cola names new North America president

ATLANTA — As the president of its North American arm retires, Coca-Cola is promoting one of its own to the helm. The company has named James “Jim” Dinkins president from his current position as president of the Minute Maid business unit and Coca-Cola North America’s chief retail sales officer.

Dinkins, whose promotion is effective Jan. 1, 2018, will succeed J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas, who has been with Coca-Cola since 1988. Douglas will officially retire March 1, 2018, to ensure a seamless transition to Dinkins’ leadership.

“Our North American business has been thriving and is well positioned for continued success,” Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said. “Sandy Douglas has done a tremendous job of leading CCNA to a strong position. Jim Dinkins is a highly experienced, respected executive who will lead Coca-Cola North America as it continues to evolve and grow.”

Douglas, who also is an EVP of Coca-Cola, has worked to transform the North American business into a total beverage company by focusing on value across a variety of products and packages.

“I am incredibly grateful to James Quincey and everyone within our North American system for giving me the opportunity to lead our business through a period of phenomenal change,” Douglas said. “I feel incredibly positive about what lies ahead for our system because I have tremendous confidence in James, Jim Dinkins, our CCNA leadership team, our bottlers and our people throughout the United States and Canada.”

Dinkins has held various leadership positions throughout his career, including such roles as SVP sales national retail sales for select grocery, club and convenience retail customers. He began his career in 1984 at Procter & Gamble.

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