DEF 14A 1 a07-2407_1def14a.htm DEF 14A

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA

E. NEVILLE ISDELL
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
                    
AND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

March 9, 2007

Dear Shareowner:

I would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join us at our Annual Meeting of Shareowners on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hotel du Pont, in Wilmington, Delaware.

At this year’s meeting, you will be asked to vote on the election of 11 Directors, ratification of Ernst & Young LLP’s appointment as independent auditors, approval of a performance incentive plan and five proposals of shareowners.

Attached you will find a notice of meeting and proxy statement that contain further information about these items and the meeting itself, including:

·       how to obtain an admission card, if you plan to attend; and

·       different methods you can use to vote your proxy, including the telephone and Internet.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may view the meeting on the web. Instructions on how to view the live webcast are set forth in the accompanying proxy statement. You cannot record your vote on this website.

Your vote is important to us and to our business. I encourage you to sign and return your proxy card, or use telephone or Internet voting prior to the meeting, so that your shares will be represented and voted at the meeting even if you cannot attend.

I hope to see you in Wilmington.

GRAPHIC

 

E. Neville Isdell

 




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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREOWNERS

TO THE OWNERS OF COMMON STOCK
OF THE COCA-COLA COMPANY

The Annual Meeting of Shareowners of The Coca-Cola Company (the “Company”) will be held at the Hotel du Pont, 11th and Market Streets, Wilmington, Delaware 19801, on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 10:30 a.m., local time. The purposes of the meeting are:

1.    to elect 11 Directors to serve until the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareowners;

2.    to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditors of the Company to serve for the 2007 fiscal year;

3.    to approve the Performance Incentive Plan of The Coca-Cola Company;

4.    to vote on five proposals submitted by shareowners if properly presented at the meeting; and

5.    to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting and at any adjournments or postponements of the meeting.

The Board of Directors set February 20, 2007 as the record date for the meeting. This means that owners of record of shares of Common Stock of the Company at the close of business on that date are entitled to:

·       receive this notice of the meeting; and

·       vote at the meeting and any adjournments or postponements of the meeting.

We will make available a list of shareowners of record as of the close of business on February 20, 2007 for inspection by shareowners during normal business hours from April 7 through April 17, 2007 at the Company’s principal place of business, One Coca-Cola Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia 30313. This list also will be available to shareowners at the meeting.

By Order of the Board of Directors

 

CAROL CROFOOT HAYES
Associate General Counsel
and Secretary

 

Atlanta, Georgia
March 9, 2007

We urge each shareowner to promptly sign and return the enclosed proxy card or to use telephone or Internet voting. See our questions and answers about the meeting and voting section for information about voting by telephone or Internet, how to revoke a proxy, and how to vote shares in person.







THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
One Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

March 9, 2007

PROXY STATEMENT
FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREOWNERS
TO BE HELD APRIL 18, 2007

Our Board of Directors (the “Board”) is furnishing you this proxy statement to solicit proxies on its behalf to be voted at the 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareowners of The Coca-Cola Company (the “Company”). The meeting will be held at the Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware, on April 18, 2007, at 10:30 a.m., local time. The proxies also may be voted at any adjournments or postponements of the meeting.

The mailing address of our principal executive offices is The Coca-Cola Company, P.O. Box 1734, Atlanta, Georgia 30301. We are first sending the proxy materials to shareowners on March 9, 2007.

All properly executed written proxies, and all properly completed proxies submitted by telephone or Internet, that are delivered pursuant to this solicitation will be voted at the meeting in accordance with the directions given in the proxy, unless the proxy is revoked prior to completion of voting at the meeting.

Only owners of record of shares of Common Stock of the Company (the “Common Stock”) at the close of business on February 20, 2007, the record date, are entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting, or at any adjournments or postponements of the meeting. Each owner of record on the record date is entitled to one vote for each share of Common Stock held. On February 20, 2007, the record date, there were 2,315,288,508 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding.




QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT
THE MEETING AND VOTING

1.               What is a proxy?

It is your legal designation of another person to vote the stock you own. That other person is called a proxy. If you designate someone as your proxy in a written document, that document also is called a proxy or a proxy card. We have designated three of our officers as proxies for the 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareowners. These three officers are Gary P. Fayard, Geoffrey J. Kelly and Cynthia P. McCague.

2.               What is a proxy statement?

It is a document that Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regulations require us to give you when we ask you to sign a proxy card designating Gary P. Fayard, Geoffrey J. Kelly and Cynthia P. McCague as proxies to vote on your behalf.

3.               What is the difference between a shareowner of record and a shareowner who holds stock in street name?

If your shares are registered in your name, you are a shareowner of record.

If your shares are held in the name of your broker or bank, your shares are held in street name.

4.               How do I attend the meeting?  What do I need to bring?

If you are a shareowner of record, your admission card is attached to your proxy card. You will need to bring it with you to the meeting.

If you own shares in street name, bring your most recent brokerage statement with you to the meeting. We can use that to verify your ownership of Common Stock and admit you to the meeting; however, you will not be able to vote your shares at the meeting without a legal proxy, as described in question 5.

You will also need to bring a photo ID to gain admission.

Please note that cameras, sound or video recording equipment, cellular telephones, or other similar equipment, electronic devices, large bags, briefcases or packages will not be allowed in the meeting room.

5.               How can I vote at the meeting if I own shares in street name?

You will need to ask your broker or bank for a legal proxy. You will need to bring the legal proxy with you to the meeting. You will not be able to vote your shares at the meeting without a legal proxy.

Please note that if you request a legal proxy, any previously executed proxy will be revoked, and your vote will not be counted unless you appear at the meeting and vote in person or legally appoint another proxy to vote on your behalf.

If you do not receive the legal proxy in time, you can follow the procedures described in question 4 to gain admission to the meeting. However, you will not be able to vote your shares at the meeting.

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6.               What shares are included on the proxy card?

If you are a shareowner of record you will receive only one proxy card for all the shares of Common Stock you hold:

·       in certificate form;

·       in book-entry form;

·       in any Company benefit plan; and

·       in any Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (“CCE”) benefit plan.

If you hold shares in any Company benefit plan or CCE benefit plan and do not vote your shares or specify your voting instructions on your proxy card, the administrators of the benefit plans will vote your benefit plan shares in the same proportion as the shares for which voting instructions have been received. To allow sufficient time for voting by the administrators, your voting instructions must be received by April 15, 2007.

7.               How can I view the live webcast of the meeting?

You can view the live webcast of the meeting by logging on to our website at
www.thecoca-colacompany.com and clicking on “Investors” and then on the link to the webcast. An archived copy of the webcast will be available until May 18, 2007.

We have included the website address for reference only. The information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference into this proxy statement.

8.               What different methods can I use to vote?

By Written Proxy.   All shareowners of record can vote by written proxy card. If you are a street name holder, you will receive a written proxy card from your bank or broker.

By Telephone or Internet.   All shareowners of record also can vote by touchtone telephone from the U.S. and Canada, using the toll-free telephone number on the proxy card, or through the Internet, using the procedures and instructions described on the proxy card. Street name holders may vote by telephone or Internet if their bank or broker makes those methods available, in which case the bank or broker will enclose the instructions with the proxy materials. The telephone and Internet voting procedures are designed to authenticate shareowners’ identities, to allow shareowners to vote their shares, and to confirm that their instructions have been properly recorded.

In Person.   All shareowners of record may vote in person at the meeting. Street name holders may vote in person at the meeting if they have a legal proxy, as described in question 5.

9.               What is the record date and what does it mean?

The record date for the 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareowners is February 20, 2007. The record date is established by the Board as required by the Delaware General Corporation Law (“Delaware Law”). Owners of record of Common Stock at the close of business on the record date are entitled to:

·       receive notice of the meeting; and

·       vote at the meeting and any adjournments or postponements of the meeting.

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10.       What can I do if I change my mind after I vote my shares?

Shareowners can revoke a proxy prior to the completion of voting at the meeting by:

·       giving written notice to the Office of the Secretary of the Company;

·       delivering a later-dated proxy; or

·       voting in person at the meeting (unless you are a street name holder without a legal proxy, as described in question 5).

11.       Are votes confidential? Who counts the votes?

We will continue our long-standing practice of holding the votes of all shareowners in confidence from Directors, officers and employees except:

·       as necessary to meet applicable legal requirements and to assert or defend claims for or against the Company;

·       in case of a contested proxy solicitation;

·       if a shareowner makes a written comment on the proxy card or otherwise communicates his or her vote to management; or

·       to allow the independent inspectors of election to certify the results of the vote.

We will also continue, as we have for many years, to retain an independent tabulator to receive and tabulate the proxies and independent inspectors of election to certify the results.

12.       What are my voting choices when voting for Director nominees, and what vote is needed to elect Directors?

In the vote on the election of 11 Director nominees to serve until the 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareowners, shareowners may:

·       vote in favor of all nominees;

·       vote in favor of specific nominees;

·       vote against all nominees;

·       vote against specific nominees;

·       abstain from voting with respect to all nominees; or

·       abstain from voting with respect to specific nominees.

Directors will be elected by a majority of the votes cast by the holders of the shares of Common Stock voting in person or by proxy at the meeting.

The Board recommends a vote FOR each of the nominees.

13.       What are my voting choices when voting on the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditors, and what vote is needed to ratify their appointment?

In the vote on the approval of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditors, shareowners may:

·       vote in favor of the ratification;

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·       vote against the ratification; or

·       abstain from voting on the ratification.

The proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditors will require approval by a majority of the votes cast by the holders of the shares of Common Stock voting in person or by proxy at the meeting.

The Board recommends a vote FOR the ratification.

14.       What are my voting choices when voting on the approval of the Performance Incentive Plan of The Coca-Cola Company (the “Performance Incentive Plan”), and what vote is needed to approve the plan?

In the vote on the approval of the Performance Incentive Plan, shareowners may:

·       vote in favor of the Performance Incentive Plan;

·       vote against the Performance Incentive Plan; or

·       abstain from voting on the Performance Incentive Plan.

The proposal to approve the Performance Incentive Plan will require approval by a majority of the votes cast by the holders of the shares of Common Stock voting in person or by proxy at the meeting.

The Board recommends a vote FOR the Performance Incentive Plan.

15.       What are my voting choices when voting on each shareowner proposal properly presented at the meeting, and what vote is needed to approve any of the shareowner proposals?

A separate vote will be held on each of the five shareowner proposals that is properly presented at the meeting. In voting on each of the proposals, shareowners may:

·       vote in favor of the proposal;

·       vote against the proposal; or

·       abstain from voting on the proposal.

In order to be approved, each shareowner proposal will require approval by a majority of the votes cast by the holders of the shares of Common Stock voting in person or by proxy at the meeting.

The Board recommends a vote AGAINST each of the five shareowner proposals.

16.       What if I do not specify a choice for a matter when returning a proxy?

Shareowners should specify their choice for each matter on the enclosed proxy card. If no specific instructions are given, proxies which are signed and returned will be voted:

·       FOR the election of all Director nominees;

·       FOR the proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as independent auditors;

·       FOR the proposal to approve the Performance Incentive Plan; and

·       AGAINST each of the shareowner proposals that is properly presented at the meeting.

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17.       How are abstentions and broker non-votes counted?

Abstentions and broker non-votes will not be included in vote totals and will not affect the outcome of the vote.

18.       Does the Company have a policy about Directors’ attendance at the Annual Meeting of Shareowners?

The Company does not have a policy about Directors’ attendance at the Annual Meeting of Shareowners. All of the Directors attended the 2006 Annual Meeting of Shareowners.

19.       Can I access the Notice of Annual Meeting, Proxy Statement, Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Annual Review on the Internet?

The Notice of Annual Meeting, Proxy Statement, Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and the Annual Review, are available on our website at
www.thecoca-colacompany.com. Instead of receiving future copies of our Notice of Annual Meeting, Proxy Statement, Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Annual Review by mail, most shareowners can elect to receive an e-mail that will provide electronic links to these documents. Opting to receive your proxy materials online will save us the cost of producing and mailing documents to your home or business, and also will give you an electronic link to the proxy voting site.

Shareowners of Record.   If you vote on the Internet at www.investorvote.com/coca-cola, simply follow the prompts for enrolling in the electronic proxy delivery service. You also may enroll in the electronic proxy delivery service at any time in the future by going directly to www.eTree.com/coca-cola and following the enrollment instructions. As a thank you to each shareowner enrolling in electronic delivery, the Company will have a tree planted on your behalf at no cost to the shareowner.

Street Name Holders.   If you hold your shares in a bank or brokerage account, you also may have the opportunity to receive copies of these documents electronically. Please check the information provided in the proxy materials mailed to you by your bank or broker regarding the availability of this service.

20.       How are proxies solicited and what is the cost?

We bear all expenses incurred in connection with the solicitation of proxies. We have engaged D.F. King & Co. to assist with the solicitation of proxies for an estimated fee of $23,500 plus expenses. We will reimburse brokers, fiduciaries and custodians for their costs in forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners of Common Stock.

Our Directors, officers and employees may also solicit proxies by mail, telephone and personal contact. They will not receive any additional compensation for these activities.

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ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

(Item 1)

Board of Directors

The Company’s By-Laws provide for the annual election of Directors. The Company’s By-Laws also provide that the number of Directors shall be determined by the Board, which has set the number at 11. The Company’s By-Laws further provide that, in an election of Directors where the number of nominees does not exceed the number of Directors to be elected, each Director must receive the majority of the votes cast with respect to that Director. If a Director is not elected, he or she has agreed that an irrevocable letter of resignation will be submitted to the Board. The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance will make a recommendation to the Board on whether to accept or reject the resignation, or whether other action should be taken. The Board will act on the resignation taking into account the recommendation of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance and publicly disclose its decision and the rationale behind it within 100 days of the certification of the election results. The Director who tenders his or her resignation will not participate in the decisions of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance or the Board of Directors that concern such resignation.

The terms of Herbert A. Allen, Ronald W. Allen, Cathleen P. Black, Barry Diller, E. Neville Isdell, Donald R. Keough, Donald F. McHenry, Sam Nunn, James D. Robinson III, Peter V. Ueberroth and James B. Williams will expire at the 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareowners.

The Board has nominated each of Herbert A. Allen, Ronald W. Allen, Cathleen P. Black, Barry Diller, E. Neville Isdell, Donald R. Keough, Donald F. McHenry, Sam Nunn, James D. Robinson III, Peter V. Ueberroth and James B. Williams to stand for reelection and to hold office until our 2008 Annual Meeting of Shareowners and until his or her successor is elected and qualified.

We have no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unable or unwilling for good cause to serve if elected. However, if any nominee should become unable for any reason or unwilling for good cause to serve, proxies may be voted for another person nominated as a substitute by the Board, or the Board may reduce the number of Directors.

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The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the election of Herbert A. Allen, Ronald W. Allen, Cathleen P. Black, Barry Diller, E. Neville Isdell, Donald R. Keough, Donald F. McHenry, Sam Nunn, James D. Robinson III, Peter V. Ueberroth and James B. Williams.

 

 

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HERBERT A. ALLEN

Director since 1982
Age 67

Mr. Allen is President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Allen & Company Incorporated, a privately held investment firm, and has held these positions for more than the past five years. Mr. Allen was a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC, a privately held investment banking firm, from September 2002 to February 2003. He is a Director of Convera Corporation.

 

 

 

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RONALD W. ALLEN

Director since 1991
Age 65

Mr. Allen was a consultant to and Advisory Director of Delta Air Lines, Inc., a major U.S. air transportation company, and held these positions from July 1997 through July 2005. Mr. Allen continues to serve as an Advisory Director. He retired as Delta’s Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer in July 1997, and had been its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 1987. He is a Director of Aaron Rents, Inc., Aircastle Limited and Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

 

 

 

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CATHLEEN P. BLACK

Director since 1993
Age 62

Ms. Black is President, Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation, a major media and communications company, and has held this position since November 1995. Ms. Black has been a Director of Hearst Corporation since January 1996. From May 1991 to November 1995, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Newspaper Association of America, a newspaper industry organization. She served as a Director of the Company from April 1990 to May 1991, and was again elected as a Director in October 1993. Ms. Black is a Director of International Business Machines Corporation.

 

 

 

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BARRY DILLER

Director since 2002
Age 65

Mr. Diller is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp, an interactive commerce company. He is also Chairman of the Board and Senior Executive of Expedia, Inc., an online travel company. He has held his position with IAC or its predecessors since August 1995. He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of QVC, Inc. from December 1992 through December 1994. From 1984 to 1992, Mr. Diller served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fox, Inc. Prior to joining Fox, Inc., Mr. Diller served for ten years as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation. He is a Director of The Washington Post Company.

 

 

 

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E. NEVILLE ISDELL

Director since 2004
Age 63

Mr. Isdell is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and has held these positions since June 1, 2004. From January 2002 to May 2004, Mr. Isdell was an international consultant to the Company. He was Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. from September 2000 to May 2001 and Vice Chairman from May 2001 to December 2001. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Beverages Plc from July 1998 to September 2000. Mr. Isdell joined the Coca-Cola system in 1966 with a local bottling company in Zambia. He held a variety of positions prior to serving as Senior Vice President of the Company from January 1989 until February 1998. He also served as President of the Greater Europe Group from January 1995 to February 1998. He is a Director of SunTrust Banks, Inc.

 

 

 

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DONALD R. KEOUGH

Director since 2004
Age 80

Mr. Keough is nonexecutive Chairman of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated, a privately held investment firm, and has held this position for more than the past five years. Mr. Keough retired as President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of the Company in April 1993, positions he had held since March 1981. He was again elected as a Director in February 2004. He is a Director of IAC/InterActiveCorp, Convera Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

 

 

 

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DONALD F. McHENRY

Director since 1981
Age 70

Mr. McHenry is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and International Affairs at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and a principal owner and President of The IRC Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm. He has held these positions for more than the past five years. He is a Director of International Paper Company.

 

 

 

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SAM NUNN

Director since 1997
Age 68

Mr. Nunn is Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a position he has held since 2001. The Nuclear Threat Initiative is a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Mr. Nunn was a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding from 1997 to December 2003. He served as a member of the United States Senate from 1972 through 1996. He is a Director of Chevron Corporation, Dell Inc. and General Electric Company.

 

 

 

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JAMES D. ROBINSON III

Director since 1975
Age 71

Mr. Robinson is General Partner of RRE Ventures, a private information technology-focused venture capital firm, and has held this position since 1994. He is also President of JD Robinson, Inc., a strategic advisory firm and the nonexecutive Chairman of the Board of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company from 1977 to 1993. Mr. Robinson is also a Director of First Data Corporation and Novell, Inc.

 

 

 

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PETER V. UEBERROTH

Director since 1986
Age 69

Mr. Ueberroth is an investor and Chairman of the Contrarian Group, Inc., a business management company, and has held this position since 1989. He is the nonexecutive Co-Chairman of Pebble Beach Company. Mr. Ueberroth is also a Director of Adecco SA, Aircastle Limited, Ambassadors International, Inc. and Hilton Hotels Corporation.

 

 

 

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JAMES B. WILLIAMS

Director since 1979
Age 73

Mr. Williams retired in March 1998 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc., a bank holding company, which positions he had held for more than five years. He is a Director of Marine Products Corporation, Rollins, Inc. and RPC, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ownership of Equity Securities of the Company

The following table sets forth information regarding beneficial ownership of Common Stock by each Director, each individual named in the Summary Compensation Table on page 44 (the “Named Executive Officers”), and our Directors and executive officers as a group, all as of February 20, 2007. The Company does not restrict pledges as pledging can provide a more attractive interest rate for personal loans. All shares held in brokerage margin accounts can be considered “pledged” and the Company has not forbidden margin accounts. None of the individuals named below has pledged any shares of Common Stock.

Name

 

 

 

Aggregate Number
of Shares
Beneficially Owned

 

Percent of
Outstanding
Shares
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Herbert A. Allen

 

 

9,156,538

1

 

 

 

*

 

Ronald W. Allen

 

 

25,047

2

 

 

 

*

 

Cathleen P. Black

 

 

36,424

3

 

 

 

*

 

Barry Diller

 

 

1,212,146

4

 

 

 

*

 

Donald R. Keough

 

 

5,140,620

5

 

 

 

*

 

Donald F. McHenry

 

 

41,492

6

 

 

 

*

 

Sam Nunn

 

 

22,219

7

 

 

 

*

 

James D. Robinson III

 

 

84,835

8

 

 

 

*

 

Peter V. Ueberroth

 

 

99,161

9

 

 

 

*

 

James B. Williams

 

 

103,039,800

10

 

 

4.45%

 

 

E. Neville Isdell

 

 

1,188,712

11

 

 

 

*

 

Muhtar Kent

 

 

177,691

12

 

 

 

*

 

Gary P. Fayard

 

 

979,274

13

 

 

 

*

 

Mary E. Minnick

 

 

759,150

14

 

 

 

*

 

José Octavio Reyes

 

 

588,191

15

 

 

 

*

 

All Directors and Executive Officers as a Group (25 Persons)

 

 

124,911,360

16

 

 

5.37%

 

 


* Less than 1% of issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock.

1 Includes 2,847,920 shares held by Allen & Company Incorporated (“ACI”) and 14,160 share units credited under the Deferred Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Directors (the “Directors’ Deferral Plan”). Also includes 4,000 shares held in two trusts in which Mr. Allen, in each case, is one of five trustees. Also includes 10,400 shares held by Allen Capital International L.P., 14,007 shares held by Allen Capital L.P. and 266,051 shares held by Allen Capital II, L.P.; Mr. Allen exercises no investment discretion or control over and has disclaimed beneficial ownership of such shares.

2 Includes 2,000 shares held by Mr. Allen’s wife; Mr. Allen has disclaimed beneficial ownership of such shares. Also includes 13,047 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

3 Includes 10,200 shares jointly held with Ms. Black’s husband. Also includes 26,224 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

4 Includes 1,200,000 shares which may be acquired upon the exercise of call options, purchased from an unrelated third party, which are presently exercisable. Also includes 11,146 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

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5 Includes 6,000 shares held by a trust of which a management company in which Mr. Keough holds a significant interest is the trustee. Also includes 131,000 shares held by a foundation of which he is one of eight trustees. Mr. Keough disclaims beneficial ownership of these 137,000 shares. Also includes 3,620 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

 6 Includes 478 shares held by Mr. McHenry’s grandchildren. Also includes 15,620 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

7 Includes 21,219 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

8 Includes 31,600 shares held by a trust of which Mr. Robinson is a co-trustee. Also includes 21,088 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan. Does not include 2,118,000 shares held by a trust of which Mr. Robinson is a beneficiary.

9 Includes 22,000 shares held by a trust of which Mr. Ueberroth is one of two trustees and a beneficiary, 10,000 shares held by his wife and 8,000 shares held by a foundation of which he is one of six directors. Also includes 38,161 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

10 Includes 87,160,212 shares held by four foundations of which Mr. Williams is, in all cases, one of five trustees, and 15,786,700 shares held by a foundation of which he is one of three trustees. Also includes 42,888 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan.

11 Includes 4,917 shares credited to Mr. Isdell’s accounts under The Coca-Cola Company Thrift & Investment Plan (the “Thrift Plan”), 140,000 shares which are subject to transfer restrictions, and 7,695 share units credited to his account under the thrift portion of The Coca-Cola Company Supplemental Benefit Plan (the “Supplemental Plan”). Also includes 840,345 shares which may be acquired upon the exercise of options which are presently exercisable or which will become exercisable on or before April 27, 2007.

12 Includes 24,846 shares credited to Mr. Kent’s accounts under the Thrift Plan, 50,000 shares which are subject to performance criteria, and 945 share units credited to his account under the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan. Also includes 57,500 shares which may be acquired upon the exercise of options which are presently exercisable or which will become exercisable on or before April 27, 2007.

13 Includes 5,641 shares credited to Mr. Fayard’s accounts under the Thrift Plan, 41,882 shares which are subject to transfer restrictions, 50,000 shares which are subject to performance criteria, and 5,594 share units credited to his account under the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan. Also includes 847,750 shares which may be acquired upon the exercise of options which are presently exercisable or which will become exercisable on or before April 27, 2007.

14 Includes 19,378 shares credited to Ms. Minnick’s accounts under the Thrift Plan, 19,228 shares which are subject to transfer restrictions, 50,000 shares which are subject to performance criteria, and 5,737 share units credited to her account under the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan. Also includes 608,320 shares which may be acquired upon the exercise of options which are presently exercisable or which will become exercisable on or before April 27, 2007. See page 65 for the effect of Ms. Minnick’s departure.

15 Includes 45,773 shares held by a trust in which Mr. Reyes has an indirect beneficial interest. Also includes 23,100 restricted stock units which are subject to transfer restrictions and 755 share units credited to Mr. Reyes’ account under The Coca-Cola Export Corporation International Thrift Plan (the “International Thrift Plan”).  Also includes 518,563 shares which may be acquired upon the exercise of options which are presently exercisable or which will become exercisable on or before April 27, 2007.

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16 Includes 207,093 share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan, 243,287 shares which are subject to transfer restrictions, 48,661 restricted stock units which are subject to transfer restrictions, 259,000 shares which are subject to performance criteria, 6,103,205 shares which may be acquired upon the exercise of options which are presently exercisable or which will become exercisable on or before April 27, 2007, 82,813 shares credited to accounts under the Thrift Plan, 8,370 share units credited to accounts under the International Thrift Plan and 34,389 share units credited to accounts under the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan.

17 Share units credited under the Directors’ Deferral Plan, the International Thrift Plan and the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan are not counted as outstanding shares in calculating these percentages.

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Executive officers, Directors and certain persons who own more than ten percent of the Common Stock are required by Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”), and related regulations:

·       to file reports of their ownership of Common Stock with the SEC and the New York Stock Exchange (the “Exchange”); and

·       to furnish us with copies of the reports.

With one exception we received written representations from each such person who did not file an annual report with the SEC on Form 5 that no Form 5 was due. Based on our review of the reports and representations, except as set forth below, we believe that all required Section 16(a) reports were timely filed in 2006. Dominique Reiniche filed a Form 5 on February 2, 2007 which included the late reporting of the sale of 8,899 shares on July 29, 2005 in connection with an option exercise.

Principal Shareowners

Set forth in the table below is information as of December 31, 2006 about persons we know to be the beneficial owners of more than five percent of the issued and outstanding Common Stock:

Name and Address

 

 

 

Number of Shares
Beneficially Owned

 

Percent of Class
as of
December 31, 2006

 

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.1

 

 

200,000,000

 

 

 

8.62%

 

 

440 Kiewit Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omaha, Nebraska 68131

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1 Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (“Berkshire Hathaway”), a diversified holding company, has informed the Company that, as of December 31, 2006, it held an aggregate of 200,000,000 shares of Common Stock through subsidiaries.

Information About the Board of Directors and Corporate Governance

The Board is elected by the shareowners to oversee their interest in the long-term health and the overall success of the business and its financial strength. The Board serves as the ultimate decision-making body of the Company, except for those matters reserved to or shared with the shareowners. The Board selects and oversees the members of senior management, who are charged by the Board with conducting the business of the Company.

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The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance periodically reviews and assesses the Company’s corporate governance policies.

The Chairman of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance presides at all meetings of non-management Directors, as well as all meetings of independent Directors. These meetings of non-management Directors are held on a regular basis and include the meeting at which the evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer is conducted. The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance leads the Board’s process of Board and Committee evaluations and carefully examines the performance and qualifications of each incumbent Director before deciding whether to recommend him or her to the Board for renomination.

Independence Determination

In making independence determinations, the Board observes all criteria for independence established by the SEC, the Exchange and other governing laws and regulations. The Board considers all relevant facts and circumstances in making an independence determination.

To be considered independent:

·       the Director must meet the bright-line independence tests under the listing standards of the Exchange; and

·       the Board must affirmatively determine that the Director otherwise has no material relationship with the Company directly, or as an officer, shareowner or partner of an organization that has a relationship with the Company.

The Board has adopted categorical standards which provide that the following will not be considered material relationships that would impact a Director’s independence:

1.    the Director is an executive officer or employee or any member of his or her immediate family is an executive officer of any other organization that does business with the Company and the annual sales to, or purchases from, the Company are less than $1 million or 1% of the consolidated gross revenues of such organization, whichever is more;

2.    the Director or any member of his or her immediate family is an executive officer of any other organization which is indebted to the Company, or to which the Company is indebted, and the total amount of either company’s indebtedness to the other is less than $1 million or 1% of the total consolidated assets of the organization on which the Director or any member of his or her immediate family serves as an executive officer, whichever is more;

3.    the Director is a director or trustee, but not an executive officer, or any member of his or her immediate family is a director, trustee or employee, but not an executive officer, of any other organization (other than the Company’s outside auditing firm) that does business with, or receives donations from, the Company;

4.    the Director or any member of his or her immediate family holds a less than 10% interest in any other organization that has a relationship with the Company; or

5.    the Director or any member of his or her immediate family serves as an executive officer of a charitable or educational organization which receives contributions from the Company in a single fiscal year of less than $1 million or 2% of that organization’s consolidated gross revenues, whichever is more.

The Board did not consider transactions with entities in which the Director or an immediate family member served only as a director or trustee. Nor did the Board consider transactions of less than

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$120,000 or transactions with entities in which the Director or an immediate family member had a less than 10% interest.

The Board, through its Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance, annually reviews all relevant business relationships any Director may have with the Company. As a result of its annual review, the Board has determined that none of the following Directors has a material relationship with the Company and, as a result, such Directors are determined to be independent: Ronald W. Allen, Cathleen P. Black, Barry Diller, Donald R. Keough, Donald F. McHenry, Sam Nunn, James D. Robinson III, Peter V. Ueberroth and James B. Williams. None of the Directors who were determined to be independent had any relationships that were outside the categorical standards identified above. Warren E. Buffett, Maria Elena Lagomasino and J. Pedro Reinhard served on the Board until the expiration of their terms on April 19, 2006. The Board had determined that Ms. Lagomasino and Messrs. Buffett and Reinhard were independent for the period of their service on the Board during 2006.

The Board also examined the Company’s relationship with Hearst Corporation and its subsidiaries. Cathleen P. Black, one of our Directors, is Senior Vice President and a director of Hearst Corporation. She is also Senior Vice President and a director of Hearst Communications, Inc. and President of its Hearst Magazines division. The Board determined that the relationship was not material since (i) the amounts involved were less than 1% of the consolidated revenues of both the Company and Hearst Corporation, (ii) the payments were for print and media advertising in the ordinary course of business, and (iii) the Company has had a relationship with Hearst Corporation for many years prior to Ms. Black’s relationship with either the Company or Hearst Corporation. This relationship is within the rules of the Exchange and falls within categorical standard number 1 above. The relationship is also consistent with Ms. Black’s status as an independent Director.

The Board examined payments made by the Company to IAC/InterActiveCorp and its subsidiaries (“IAC”) where Barry Diller, one of our Directors, is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. The Board determined that the relationship was not material since (i) the amounts involved were less than 1% of the consolidated revenues of both the Company and IAC, (ii) the payments were for on-line advertising in the ordinary course of business, and (iii) the Company has had a relationship with the predecessors of IAC for many years prior to Mr. Diller’s service as a Director of the Company. This relationship is within the rules of the Exchange and falls within categorical standard number 1 above. The relationship is also consistent with Mr. Diller’s status as an independent Director.

The relationship between the Company and Donald F. McHenry, one of our Directors, is described on page 23. The Board determined that this relationship is not material. The purchase of Mr. McHenry’s shares of Brucephil, Inc. (“Brucephil”), the parent company of The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, by Brucephil was part of an overall plan by the Company to purchase the remaining shares of Brucephil not already owned by the Company. Mr. McHenry was a passive investor in Brucephil, had owned the shares since 1988 and played no active role in the transaction. The relationship is within the rules of the Exchange and the Company sought and received the advice of the Exchange in determining Mr. McHenry’s independence. This relationship falls within categorical standard number 4 above. The relationship is also consistent with Mr. McHenry’s status as an independent Director.

The Board examined the Company’s charitable donations and sponsorships to Hands on Network, where Michelle Nunn, the daughter of Sam Nunn, one of our Directors, is President, Chief Executive Officer and a director. The Board determined that this relationship was not material since (i) the amounts involved were a small percentage of the revenues or donations received by Hands on Network and a small percentage of the Company’s overall charitable donations and sponsorships, and (ii) the donations and sponsorships were within the Company’s philosophy of supporting local and civic

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organizations in the communities where we operate. This relationship is within the rules of the Exchange and falls within categorical standard number 5 above. The relationship is also consistent with Mr. Nunn’s status as an independent Director.

The indirect relationship between the Company and James D. Robinson III, one of our Directors, is described on page 23. The Board determined that this relationship is not material given the indirect nature of his daughter-in-law’s interest and the fact that the Company’s business relationship with the Delaware North Companies, Inc. (“Delaware North”) has been in existence for over 75 years. The relationship is within the Company’s ordinary course of business and is within the rules of the Exchange. This relationship falls within categorical standard number 1 above. The relationship is also consistent with Mr. Robinson’s status as an independent Director.

A daughter of Peter V. Ueberroth, one of our Directors, is an executive officer of the National Basketball Association (the “NBA”) with which the Company has a contractual relationship. The relationship is described on page 23. The Board determined that this relationship is not material and is consistent with Mr. Ueberroth’s status as an independent Director.  The Company’s relationship with the NBA has been in existence since the late 1980’s, long before Mr. Ueberroth’s daughter served as an executive officer of that organization. This relationship is within the rules of the Exchange and falls within categorical standard number 1 above.

The relationship between the Company and Berkshire Hathaway is described beginning on page 23. Warren E. Buffett, a Director of the Company until April 19, 2006, is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and the major shareowner of Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is a greater than 5% shareowner of the Company. As of February 20, 2007, Berkshire Hathaway, through its subsidiaries, owned 200,000,000 shares of Common Stock with a market value of approximately $9.56 billion. Although some of the amounts involved in transactions between the Company and entities in which Berkshire Hathaway has a controlling or equity interest are substantial, in the aggregate they represent less than 1% of the consolidated gross revenues of Berkshire Hathaway. The Board determined that the relationships with companies in which Mr. Buffett holds an indirect interest are not material given the size of the gross revenues of Berkshire Hathaway and its substantial ownership in the Company. The Board also considered the fact that the Company’s relationships with International Dairy Queen, Inc., McLane Company, Inc., Moody’s Corporation and American Express Company were in existence prior to Berkshire Hathaway acquiring its interests. In addition, these relationships are on comparable terms with other similar relationships the Company has with entities not affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway. The relationships are within the Company’s ordinary course of business and are within the rules of the Exchange. This relationship falls within categorical standard number 1 above.

The independent Directors, who constitute a majority of the Board of Directors, are also identified by an asterisk on the next table. Even though he is not currently determined to be independent, Herbert A. Allen has contributed greatly to the Board of Directors and the Company through his wealth of experience, expertise and judgment.

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The Board and Board Committees

In 2006, the Board of Directors held seven meetings and Committees of the Board of Directors held a total of 35 meetings. Overall attendance at such meetings was approximately 96%. Each Director attended more than 75% of the aggregate of all meetings of the Board of Directors and the Committees on which he or she served during 2006.

The Board of Directors has an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee, a Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance, an Executive Committee, a Finance Committee, a Management Development Committee and a Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee. The Board of Directors has adopted a written charter for each of these Committees. The full text of each Committee charter and the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines are available on the Company’s website located at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.

The following table describes the current members of each of the Committees and the number of meetings held during 2006.

 

 

 

AUDIT

 

 

 

COMPENSATION

 

 

 

DIRECTORS
AND
CORPORATE
GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE

 

 

 

FINANCE

 

 

 

MANAGEMENT
DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

PUBLIC
ISSUES
AND
DIVERSITY
REVIEW

 

Herbert A. Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Ronald W. Allen*

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Cathleen P. Black*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

Barry Diller*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

E. Neville Isdell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald R. Keough*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chair

 

 

 

X

 

Donald F. McHenry*

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chair

 

Sam Nunn*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James D. Robinson III*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Peter V. Ueberroth*

 

 

 

Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James B. Williams*1

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Chair

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Meetings

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

4

 

 

* Independent Directors

1 The Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Williams to the Audit Committee even though he serves on the audit committees of three other public companies. The Board of Directors believes its decision is in the best interests of shareowners. Mr. Williams is retired. The other three companies are related in that they share a common management and are under common control and so service is less burdensome than would be the case for three unrelated public companies. Mr. Williams’ experience and knowledge of the Company are very helpful to the Audit Committee.

The Audit Committee

Under the terms of its charter, the Audit Committee represents and assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibility relating to the integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the financial reporting process, the systems of internal accounting and financial controls, the internal audit function and the annual independent audit of the Company’s financial statements. The Audit Committee also oversees the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and its ethics program, the

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independent auditors’ qualifications and independence, the performance of the Company’s internal audit function and the performance of its independent auditors. In fulfilling its duties, the Audit Committee, among other things, shall:

·       have the sole authority and responsibility to hire, evaluate and, where appropriate, replace the independent auditors;

·       meet and review with management and the independent auditors the interim financial statements and the Company’s disclosures under Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations prior to the filing of the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q;

·       meet and review with management and the independent auditors the financial statements to be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (or the annual report to shareowners) including (i) their judgment about the quality, not just acceptability, of the Company’s accounting principles, including significant financial reporting issues and judgments made in connection with the preparation of the financial statements; (ii) the clarity of the disclosures in the financial statements; and (iii) the Company’s disclosures under Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, including critical accounting policies;

·       review and discuss with management, the internal auditors and the independent auditors the Company’s policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management;

·       review and discuss with management, the internal auditors and the independent auditors the Company’s internal controls, the results of the internal audit program, and the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures, and quarterly assessment of such controls and procedures;

·       establish procedures for handling complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing matters, including procedures for confidential, anonymous submission of concerns by employees regarding accounting and auditing matters; and

·       review and discuss with management, the internal auditors and the independent auditors the overall adequacy and effectiveness of the Company’s legal, regulatory and ethical compliance programs.

Each member of the Audit Committee meets the independence requirements of the Exchange, the 1934 Act and the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines. Each member of the Audit Committee is financially literate, knowledgeable and qualified to review financial statements. The “audit committee financial expert” designated by the Board is Peter V. Ueberroth.

The Compensation Committee

Under the terms of its charter, the Compensation Committee has overall responsibility for evaluating and approving compensation plans, policies and programs of the Company applicable primarily to elected officers and senior executives of the Company. In fulfilling its duties, the Compensation Committee, among other things, shall:

·       measure the Chief Executive Officer’s performance against his goals and objectives pursuant to the Company plans;

·       determine the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer after considering the evaluation by the Board of Directors of his performance;

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·       review and approve compensation of elected officers and all senior executives based on their evaluations, taking into account the evaluation by the Chief Executive Officer;

·       review and approve any employment agreements, severance arrangements, retirement arrangements, change in control agreements/provisions, and any special or supplemental benefits for each elected officer and senior executive of the Company;

·       approve, modify or amend all non-equity plans designed and intended to provide compensation primarily for elected officers and senior executives of the Company;

·       make recommendations to the Board regarding adoption of equity plans; and

·       modify or amend all equity plans.

Each member of the Compensation Committee meets the independence requirements of the Exchange, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines.

To assist the Compensation Committee with its responsibilities, it has retained the services of the compensation consulting firm, Towers Perrin. The consultant reports to Cathleen P. Black, the Compensation Committee Chair. The role of executive officers in the compensation process is described on page 38.

The Compensation Committee also makes decisions which affect a larger group of employees. The Compensation Committee approves proposed plans and rewards systems. When the Compensation Committee approves financial targets and determines payments under the annual incentive plan which applies to the senior executives, it is also approving financial targets for a larger population of employees. The Compensation Committee also approves all stock option awards to approximately 7,000 recipients. The Compensation Committee also approves all awards of restricted stock and performance share units which also may be awarded to employees who are not elected officers or senior executives.

The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance

Under the terms of its charter, the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance is responsible for considering and making recommendations concerning the function and needs of the Board, and the review and development of corporate governance guidelines. In fulfilling its duties, the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance, among other things, shall:

·       seek individuals qualified to be Board members consistent with criteria established by the Board including evaluating persons suggested by shareowners or others;

·       recommend to the Board director nominees for the next annual meeting of shareowners;

·       oversee the evaluation of the Board and management;

·       gather and review information for the annual evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer to be presented to the Board for discussion and review;

·       periodically review and reassess the adequacy of the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines and recommend any changes to the Board for approval;

·       consider issues involving related party transactions with Directors and similar issues; and

·       review and recommend all matters pertaining to fees and retainers paid to Directors.

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The Chairman of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance presides at all meetings of non-management Directors, including the meeting in which the Chief Executive Officer’s performance is evaluated, and at all meetings of independent Directors. The current Chairman of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance is James D. Robinson III.

Each member of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance meets the independence requirements of the Exchange and the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines.

The Executive Committee

Under the terms of its charter, the Executive Committee has the authority to exercise the power and authority of the Board between meetings, except the powers reserved for the Board or the shareowners by Delaware Law.

The Finance Committee

Under the terms of its charter, the Finance Committee is appointed to assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to oversight of the Company’s financial affairs. In fulfilling its duties, the Finance Committee, among other things, shall:

·       formulate and recommend for approval to the Board the financial policies of the Company;

·       maintain oversight of the budget and financial operations of the Company;

·       review and recommend capital expenditures to the Board;

·       evaluate the performance of and returns on approved capital expenditures; and

·       recommend dividend policy to the Board.

The Management Development Committee

Under the terms of its charter, the Management Development Committee aids the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to succession planning and oversight of talent development for senior positions.

The Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee

Under the terms of its charter, the Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee aids the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to public issues and diversity. In fulfilling its duties, the Public Issues and Diversity Review Committee, among other things, shall:

·       review the Company’s policy and practice relating to significant public issues of concern to shareowners, the Company, the business community and the general public;

·       monitor the Company’s progress towards its diversity goals, compliance with its responsibilities as an equal opportunity employer and compliance with any legal obligation arising out of employment discrimination class action litigation; and

·       review and recommend the Board’s position on shareowner proposals in the annual proxy statement.

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Director Nominations

The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance will consider recommendations for directorships submitted by shareowners. Shareowners who wish the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance to consider their recommendations for nominees for the position of Director should submit their recommendations in writing to the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance in care of the Office of the Secretary, The Coca-Cola Company, P.O. Box 1734, Atlanta, Georgia 30301. Recommendations by shareowners that are made in accordance with these procedures will receive the same consideration by the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance as other suggested nominees.

In its assessment of each potential candidate, including those recommended by shareowners, the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance will review the nominee’s judgment, integrity, experience, independence, understanding of the Company’s business or other related industries and such other factors the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance determines are pertinent in light of the current needs of the Board. Diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and age are factors in evaluating candidates for Board membership. The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance will also take into account the ability of a Director to devote the time and effort necessary to fulfill his or her responsibilities to the Company.

Nominees may be suggested by Directors, members of management, shareowners or, in some cases, by a third-party firm. In identifying and considering candidates for nomination to the Board, the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance considers, in addition to the requirements set out in the Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines and its charter, quality of experience, the needs of the Company and the range of talent and experience already represented on the Board.

The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance sometimes uses the services of a third-party executive search firm to assist it in identifying and evaluating possible nominees for Director. The Company has engaged the firm Egon Zehnder International to assist in the development and execution over time of a board succession plan.

Certain Related Person Transactions

Herbert A. Allen

Herbert A. Allen, one of our Directors, is President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Allen & Company Incorporated (“ACI”) and a principal shareowner of ACI’s parent. ACI is an indirect equity holder of Allen & Company LLC (“ACL”). ACI transferred its investment and financial advisory services business to ACL in September 2002.

ACI has leased and subleased office space since 1977 in a building owned by one of our subsidiaries and located at 711 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York. In June 2005, ACI assigned the lease and sublease to ACL. In 2006, ACL paid approximately $4.0 million in rent and related expenses and it is expected that ACL will pay a higher amount in 2007 as a result of a rent escalation clause in the lease. In the opinion of management, the terms of the lease, which was modified in 2002, are fair and reasonable and as favorable to the Company as those which could have been obtained from unrelated third parties at the time of the execution of the lease.

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Donald F. McHenry

Donald F. McHenry, one of our Directors, had a very small percentage interest as a passive shareowner in Brucephil. Mr. McHenry had owned the shares since 1988. The Company, Brucephil and the controlling shareowners of Brucephil entered into various agreements designed to lead to the acquisition by the Company of the shares of Brucephil not currently owned by the Company. In connection with the agreements, the Company required that Brucephil repurchase the equity interests of the non-controlling shareowners, including Mr. McHenry. The price for the repurchase was approved by the Company and the Company financed a portion of the associated costs. In connection with the repurchase, Mr. McHenry received approximately $3.0 million for his shares.

James D. Robinson III

A daughter-in-law of James D. Robinson III, one of our Directors, has an indirect minority equity interest in Delaware North. Pursuant to certain long-term agreements, the Company is the preferred beverage supplier for Delaware North. In addition, the Company has a sponsorship agreement with a subsidiary of Delaware North relating to the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. In 2006, Delaware North and its subsidiaries made payments totaling approximately $4.0 million to the Company directly and through bottlers and other agents to purchase fountain syrups and other products in the ordinary course of business. Also, in 2006 the Company paid Delaware North and its subsidiaries approximately $2.1 million in marketing payments in the ordinary course of business. The Company has had a relationship with Delaware North for over 75 years. In the opinion of management, the terms of the agreements are fair and reasonable and as favorable to the Company as those which could have been obtained from unrelated third parties at the time of the execution of the agreements.

Peter V. Ueberroth

A daughter of Peter V. Ueberroth, one of our Directors, is an executive officer of the NBA. The Company and the NBA have entered into a four-year partnership agreement. The Company made payments totaling approximately $11.8 million to the NBA in 2006 for marketing, media placement, advertising, sponsorship, tickets and other similar items in the ordinary course of business. The Company has had a relationship with the NBA since the late 1980’s. In the opinion of management, the terms of the agreement are fair and reasonable. Mr. Ueberroth receives no benefit from this relationship.

Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway is a significant shareowner of the Company. Additionally, Warren E. Buffett, a Director of the Company until April 19, 2006, is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and the major shareowner of Berkshire Hathaway. McLane Company, Inc. (“McLane”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. In 2006, McLane made payments totaling approximately $106.7 million to the Company to purchase fountain syrup and other products in the ordinary course of business. Also in 2006, McLane received from the Company approximately $6.8 million in agency commissions relating to the sale of the Company’s products to customers in the ordinary course of business. This business relationship was in place for many years prior to Berkshire Hathaway’s acquisition of McLane in 2003 and is on terms substantially similar to the Company’s relationships with other customers.

International Dairy Queen, Inc. (“IDQ”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. In 2006, IDQ and its subsidiaries made payments totaling approximately $2.0 million to the Company directly and through bottlers and other agents to purchase fountain syrup and other products in the ordinary course of business. Also in 2006, IDQ and its subsidiaries received promotional and marketing

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incentives based on both corporate and franchised stores volume totaling approximately $1.1 million from the Company and its subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business. This business relationship was in place for many years prior to Berkshire Hathaway’s acquisition of IDQ and is on terms substantially similar to the Company’s relationships with other customers.

FlightSafety International, Inc. (“FlightSafety”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. In 2006, the Company entered into a five-year agreement with FlightSafety to provide pilot, flight attendant and mechanic training services to the Company, services it had provided in prior years. In 2006, the Company paid FlightSafety approximately $468,000 for providing these services to the Company in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the terms of the FlightSafety contract are fair and reasonable and as favorable to the Company as those which could have been obtained from unrelated third parties at the time of the execution of the contract.

XTRA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. In 2006, the Company paid approximately $352,000 to XTRA Corporation for an equipment lease of trailers used to transport and store product in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the terms of the lease are fair and reasonable and as favorable to the Company as those which could have been obtained from unrelated third parties at the time of the execution of the lease.

Berkshire Hathaway holds a significant equity interest in Moody’s Corporation, to which the Company paid fees of approximately $318,000 in 2006 for rating our commercial paper programs and other services in the ordinary course of business. The relationship with Moody’s Corporation is on terms substantially similar to the Company’s relationships with similar companies.

Berkshire Hathaway also holds a significant equity interest in American Express Company (“American Express”). In 2006, the Company paid fees of approximately $732,000 for credit card memberships, business travel and other services in the ordinary course of business to American Express or its subsidiaries. The Company received from American Express approximately $393,000 in rebates and incentives in the ordinary course of business.

Approval of Related Person Transactions

In general, the Company will enter into or ratify Related Person Transactions only when the Board of Directors, acting through the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance, determines that the Related Person Transaction is reasonable and fair to the Company.

A “Related Person Transaction” is a transaction, arrangement or relationship (or any series of similar transactions, arrangements or relationships) in which the Company (including any of its subsidiaries) was, is or will be a participant and the amount involved exceeds $120,000, and in which any Related Person had, has or will have a direct or indirect material interest. A “Related Person” means:

·       any person who is, or at any time during the applicable period was, a Director of the Company or a nominee for Director;

·       any person who is known to the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of the Common Stock;

·       any immediate family member of any of the foregoing persons, which means any child, stepchild, parent, stepparent, spouse, sibling, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of the Director, nominee for Director or more than 5% beneficial owner of the Common Stock, and any person (other than a tenant or employee) sharing the

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household of such Director, nominee for Director or more than 5% beneficial owner of the Common Stock; and

·       any firm, corporation or other entity in which any of the foregoing persons is a partner or principal or in a similar position or in which such person has a 10% or greater beneficial ownership interest.

When a new Related Person Transaction is identified, it is brought to the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance to determine if the proposed transaction is reasonable and fair to the Company. The Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance considers, among other things, the recommendation of the employees directly involved in the transaction and the recommendation of the Chief Financial Officer.

However, many transactions which constitute Related Person Transactions are ongoing and some arrangements predate any relationship with the Director or predate the Director’s relationship with the Company. For example, ACI’s lease of space at 711 Fifth Avenue predates Mr. Herbert Allen’s service as a Director and was in place when the Company acquired the property as part of the purchase of Columbia Pictures in 1982.

When a transaction is ongoing any amendments or changes are reviewed and the transaction is reviewed annually for reasonableness and fairness to the Company.

Identifying possible Related Person Transactions involves the following procedures in addition to the completion and review of the customary Directors’ and Executive Officers’ Questionnaires.

The Company annually requests each Director to verify and update the following information: 

·  a list of entities where the Director is an employee, director or executive officer;

·  each entity where an immediate family member of a Director is an executive officer;

·  each firm, corporation or other entity in which the Director or an immediate family member is a partner or principal or in a similar position or in which such person has a 5% or greater beneficial ownership interest; and

·  each charitable or non-profit organization where the Director or an immediate family member is an employee, executive officer, director or trustee.

A nominee for Director is also requested to provide the Company with the foregoing information. The Company then compiles a list of all such persons and entities, including all subsidiaries of the entities identified. The Office of the Secretary reviews the updated list and expands the list if necessary, based on a review of SEC filings, Internet searches and applicable websites.

Once the list of persons and entities, generally totalling over 2,500 entities, has been reviewed and updated, it is distributed within the Company to identify any potential transactions. This list is also sent to each of the Company’s approximately 350 accounting locations to be compared to the lists of payables and receivables.

All ongoing transactions, along with payment and receipt information, are compiled for each person and entity. The information is reviewed and relevant information is presented to the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance in order to obtain approval or ratification of the transactions and to review in connection with its recommendations to the Board on the independence determinations of each Director.

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Director Compensation

During 2006 there were two plans in place for compensating Directors. For Directors who were not standing for reelection in April 2006, the plan that was already in place was used (the “Prior Plan”). A new plan, the Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Directors of The Coca-Cola Company (the “Directors’ Plan”), was adopted for continuing Directors. The terms of each plan are separately explained below. In addition, all amounts earned under the Directors’ Plan and some of the amounts earned under the Prior Plan were eligible to be deferred under the Directors’ Deferral Plan. That plan is also explained below.

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION IN 2006
(CURRENT DIRECTORS)

Name

 

 

 

Fees
Earned
or Paid
in Cash
($)

 

 

 

Stock
Awards
($)

 

 

 

Option
Awards
($)

 

 

 

Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)

 

 

 

Change in
Pension Value
and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings ($)

 

 

 

All Other
Compensation
($)

 

 

 

Total
($)

 

(a)

 

 

 

(b)

 

 

 

(c)

 

 

 

(d)

 

 

 

(e)

 

 

 

(f)

 

 

 

(g)

 

 

 

(h)

 

Herbert A. Allen

 

 

 

$0

 

 

 

$69,912

 

 

 

$0

 

 

 

$0

 

 

 

$0

 

 

 

$       0

 

 

 

$ 69,912

 

Ronald W. Allen

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

342

 

 

 

70,254

 

Cathleen P. Black

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

342

 

 

 

70,254

 

Barry Diller

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

342

 

 

 

70,254

 

Donald R. Keough

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

Donald F. McHenry

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1,021

 

 

 

70,933

 

Sam Nunn

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

600

 

 

 

70,512

 

James D. Robinson III

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1,021

 

 

 

70,933

 

Peter V. Ueberroth

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

600

 

 

 

70,512

 

James B. Williams

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

69,912

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1,021

 

 

 

70,933

 

 

No employee who serves as a Director is paid for those services.

In 2006 the Board of Directors adopted the Directors’ Plan in order to link the pay of the Directors more closely with the interests of shareowners. Under the Directors’ Plan, each Director was credited with the number of share units equal to the number of shares of Common Stock which could be purchased on February 16, 2006 with $175,000. On each dividend date the number of units was adjusted as though the dividends had been reinvested. In February 2009 performance for the three-year period 2006-2008 will be certified. If the performance target is met, the units will be paid in cash equal to the number of units multiplied by the fair market value of the shares of Common Stock. If the performance target is not met, the Directors will receive nothing.

For the first three-year performance period the Board set a target of 8% compound annual growth in earnings per share. The Company’s 2005 earnings per share of $2.17 (after considering items impacting comparability) is used as the base for this calculation. No meeting, attendance or committee chair fees are paid under the Directors’ Plan. The Board of Directors has the discretion to make a one-time cash award to any new Director.

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The amounts reported in the Stock Awards column (column (c)) reflect the dollar amount, without any reduction for risk of forfeiture, recognized for financial reporting purposes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 of awards of equity share units granted to each of the Directors in 2006, calculated in accordance with the provisions of Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (revised 2004), “Share Based Payment” (“SFAS 123R”). The expense is determined by dividing the number of equity share units by three and then multiplying by the average of the high and low prices of the Common Stock on the reporting date. The expense is recorded if the Company’s internal projections determine that it is probable that the performance goal will be met. The grant date fair value of the awards of equity share units to the Directors listed in the Director Compensation in 2006 (Current Directors) table was $175,000.

As of December 31, 2006, each Director listed in the Director Compensation in 2006 (Current Directors) table had 4,347 equity share units which will vest in February 2009 if the performance criterion is satisfied.

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION IN 2006
(FORMER DIRECTORS)

Name
(a)

 

 

 

Fees
Earned
or Paid
in Cash
($)
(b)

 

 

 

Stock
Awards
($)
(c)

 

 

 

Option
Awards
($)
(d)

 

 

 

Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)
(e)

 

 

 

Change in
Pension Value
and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings ($)
(f)

 

 

 

All Other
Compensation
($)
(g)

 

 

 

Total
($)
(h)

 

Warren E. Buffett

 

 

 

$ 16,500

 

 

 

$

22,980

 

 

 

 

$

0

 

 

 

 

$

0

 

 

 

 

$

0

 

 

 

 

$

   0

 

 

 

$

39,480

 

Maria Elena Lagomasino

 

 

 

15,500

 

 

 

22,980

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

74

 

 

 

38,554

 

J. Pedro Reinhard

 

 

 

15,500

 

 

 

22,980

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

114

 

 

 

38,594

 

 

Since Messrs. Buffett and Reinhard and Ms. Lagomasino did not stand for reelection, they were compensated under the Prior Plan for the portion of the year they served as Directors. Under the Prior Plan, non-management Directors received an annual retainer fee of $125,000, of which $50,000 was paid in cash and $75,000 credited in share units to the account of each Director under the Directors’ Deferral Plan (as discussed below). The retainer was payable quarterly and was prorated for the period of service on the Board. These Directors also received a $1,000 fee for each Board or Committee meeting attended during 2006.

The amounts reported in the Stock Awards column (column (c)) reflect the dollar amount, without any reduction for risk of forfeiture, recognized for financial reporting purposes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 of awards of equity share units granted to each of the Directors in 2006, calculated in accordance with SFAS 123R. The deferred retainer fee of $18,750 is used to determine the number of equity share units credited based on the average high and low prices of the Common Stock on the date of grant. Hypothetical dividends are reinvested into equity share units based on the average high and low prices of the Common Stock on the dividend payment date. The expense is determined by multiplying the number of equity share units by the average of the high and low prices of the Common Stock on the reporting date. The grant date fair value of the awards of share units to the Directors listed in the Director Compensation in 2006 (Former Directors) table was $18,750.

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The information below is applicable to both tables.

For Directors who elected coverage prior to 2006, the Company also provides health and dental insurance coverage on the same terms and cost as available to U.S. employees. In addition, the Company offers to non-management Directors the opportunity to elect insurance coverage, including $30,000 term life insurance for each Director and $100,000 group accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Group travel accident insurance coverage of $200,000 is provided to all Directors while traveling on Company business. The total costs for these insurance benefits to all of the non-management Directors in 2006 was $35,027. The Company also provides its products to Directors. The total cost of Company products provided during 2006 to all of the non-management Directors was approximately $7,000.

The amounts shown in the All Other Compensation column (column (g)) reflect the premiums for life insurance provided to each Director during 2006. For Messrs. Buffett and Reinhard and Ms. Lagomasino the amount reflects the premium during their service on the Board during 2006.

The Directors’ Deferral Plan provides that non-management Directors may elect to defer receipt of all or part of the cash settlement of the share units, if earned, under the Directors’ Plan, or the $50,000 cash portion of the retainer under the Prior Plan, until date(s) no earlier than the year following the year in which they leave the Board. Under the Directors’ Deferral Plan, retainer fees may be deferred in share units or cash. Cash deferrals are credited with interest at the prime lending rate of SunTrust Bank. Share units are credited with hypothetical dividends and appreciate (or depreciate) as would an actual share of Common Stock purchased on the deferral date. Both cash deferrals and share unit deferrals will be paid in cash in accordance with the terms of the Directors’ Deferral Plan. The Directors’ Deferral Plan does not provide for above market or preferential earnings (as those terms are defined by the SEC).

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Overall Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

Our compensation philosophy is to drive and support the Company’s long-term goal of sustainable growth and total shareowner return. By “sustainable growth,” we mean investing in our long-term opportunities while meeting our short-term commitments.

We have a global compensation framework that is designed to ensure that:

    our rewards reinforce a high-performing culture;

    we develop our employees to their highest potential;

    we focus on those programs that will drive sustainable growth and that employees value; and

    we have a common and transparent approach for decision making with respect to compensation decisions.

We design our compensation programs to:

·       make clear the relationship between the performance of each of our employees, including the Named Executive Officers, and the Company’s overall performance;

·       pay for performance and behaviors that reinforce the values underlying our “Manifesto for Growth,” including leadership, passion, integrity, accountability, collaboration, innovation and quality;

·       achieve our objectives, yet be transparent in intent and simple in design; and

·       optimize our investment in labor costs by investing in those plans that not only drive business performance but that are competitive and valued by our employees, including the Named Executive Officers.

We pay for performance. When the Named Executive Officers deliver results commensurate with pre-set quantifiable objectives, they are rewarded accordingly. Our approach is more fully explained below. We have designed our programs in this manner to ensure that a significant portion of executive compensation is at risk and subject to performance criteria aligned with creating return for our shareowners.

Generally, we have no employment contracts with our executives or employees, unless required by local law. There is a contract with Mr. Reyes since all of our Mexican employees have employment contracts in accordance with Mexican law.

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Elements of Compensation

Each element of our compensation programs is intended to encourage and foster the following results and behaviors:

GRAPHIC

Total direct compensation is comprised of base salary, annual incentives and long-term equity compensation.

Annual Compensation

Base Salary.   We pay a base salary to attract talented executives and provide a secure base of cash compensation. Annual increases, typically determined by the Compensation Committee in February of each year, are not assured and adjustments take into account the individual’s performance, responsibilities, experience, and internal equity, as well as external market practices that are discussed under “Benchmarking” below. The process for determining base salary is the same for all of our employees, including the Named Executive Officers.

Base salary guidelines for the executive officers are set by the Compensation Committee after considering competitive market data and affordability for the Company. Individual increases are determined after a case-by-case evaluation by the executive’s manager. The Chief Executive Officer then evaluates recommendations for each Named Executive Officer prior to submitting to the Compensation Committee for final review and approval. The Compensation Committee relies to a large extent on the Chief Executive Officer’s evaluation of each Named Executive Officer’s performance in deciding whether to make an adjustment to his or her base salary in a given year. In the case of a change in role, we carefully consider new responsibilities, external pay practices and internal equity in addition to past performance and experience.

With respect to our Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Isdell, the full Board approves his individual goals at the beginning of each year and evaluates his progress against the goals at mid-year and at the end of

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the year. In 2006, the Compensation Committee made no increase to Mr. Isdell’s base salary. The Compensation Committee was of the view that Mr. Isdell’s base salary was at a competitive level and that any adjustments to compensation in 2006 should focus on the long-term nature of his responsibilities. The Compensation Committee awarded a 10% increase for Mr. Fayard, a 5% increase for Ms. Minnick and a 5% increase for Mr. Reyes. Mr. Kent’s base salary was first increased 60% in February 2006 as a result of his promotion to President, Coca-Cola International. This promotion gave Mr. Kent operational responsibility for operating groups accounting for more than 80% of the Company’s operating profit. Mr. Kent’s salary was subsequently increased an additional 25% effective January 1, 2007 as a result of his promotion to President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. The increases for these Named Executive Officers were a result of the process described above.

Annual Incentive.   While our goal is long-term sustainable growth, the Compensation Committee chooses to pay annual incentives to reward Named Executive Officers for individual performance and operational results for an operating group and/or overall Company performance on an annual basis. The annual objectives are carefully chosen to ensure integration and alignment with our overall long-term objectives. At the start of the incentive period, a target amount is designated by the Compensation Committee, based on a percentage of base salary. In 2006, annual target percentages for the Named Executive Officers were: Mr. Isdell 200%, Mr. Kent 150%, Mr. Fayard 125%, Ms. Minnick 125%, and Mr. Reyes 125%. The amount of an actual award is based on financial and individual performance measured at the end of the fiscal year. In 2006, approximately 8,700 employees, including the Named Executive Officers, participated in a common annual incentive plan.

Financial Performance.   Financial performance is determined after the end of the fiscal year based on actual business results versus pre-established business objectives. Generally, the Compensation Committee sets the annual financial performance percentages, which determine payouts, at the beginning of the performance period within a range for possible financial performance levels. The final financial performance is reflected as a percentage amount. For example, achieving target financial performance would yield an award of 100% of the target amount set at the beginning of the year. Financial performance determines the total amount of dollars available for the incentive pool.

Our incentive plans include a wide variety of shareowner-approved measures of business performance from which the Compensation Committee may choose in establishing performance targets. These are:

·  unit case sales (volume)

 

·  growth in economic profit

·  earnings per share

 

·  operating profit or operating profit margin

·  net income

 

·  share of sales

·  return on assets

 

·  average annual growth in earnings per share

·  total shareowner return

 

·  shareowner value

·  cash flow

 

·  gross profit

·  economic value added

 

·  profit before tax

·  revenue growth

 

·  quality as determined by the Company’s quality index

·  operating expenses

 

 

 

The Compensation Committee typically selects two or three measures at the beginning of the performance period that will focus the participants, including the Named Executive Officers, on those behaviors and short-term decisions that will drive sustainable growth.

When deciding what financial measures to use at the start of a plan year, and the target level of achievement of those measures, the Compensation Committee carefully considers the state of the

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Company’s business and what measures are most likely to focus the participants, including the Named Executive Officers, on making decisions that deliver short-term results aligned with our long-term goals. Financial performance is measured separately for the Company as a whole and for an operating unit. In 2006, performance for the Company as a whole was measured 50% on volume and 50% on net income. For an operating unit, the measure was 50% volume and 50% profit before tax, both calculated for the operating unit. Additionally, the Compensation Committee required specific volume metrics for different types of products, such as sparkling beverages and water. In February 2006, the Compensation Committee set the minimum, target and maximum levels for each measure. The levels vary by geography due to the volatility of certain emerging markets. Named Executive Officers receive:

·       no payment for results that do not meet a minimum performance level;

·       a payment of at least 10% but less than 100% of the target award opportunity if the minimum level of performance is exceeded but does not meet the expected level of performance;

·       a payment of at least 100% but less than 200% of the target award opportunity if the level of performance achieves or exceeds the target performance level but does not attain maximum performance level; and

·       a payment of 200% of the target award opportunity if the maximum level of performance is met or exceeded.

In each case, the amount of the payment actually received will also depend on individual performance, as described below.

Financial performance has exceeded the target in each of the last three years, though the maximum has never been achieved.

Depending on the Named Executive Officer’s responsibilities, financial performance is measured and determined based solely on Company-wide performance, or a combination of Company and operating group performance, as appropriate. Performance objectives for Messrs. Isdell and Fayard and Ms. Minnick were determined entirely on total Company performance. Mr. Kent’s financial performance percentage was determined based 50% on the performance of the Company as a whole and 50% on the performance of Coca-Cola International. Mr. Reyes’ financial performance percentage was determined based 50% on the performance of the Company as a whole and 50% on the Latin America Group’s performance. The financial performance is reviewed by the Audit Committee and certified by the Controller prior to the February meeting of the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee carefully considers any possible exceptions, such as the occurrence of a natural disaster or political turmoil in a given location or other circumstances. There were no special adjustments in 2006 that affected the compensation of any of the Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee determined to use the same performance measures for the 2007 annual incentive plan.

Personal Performance.   Individual performance is determined after the end of the fiscal year based on actual performance of the individual participants in the annual incentive plan, including the Named Executive Officers, versus their pre-established individual objectives. These objectives were set for each Named Executive Officer after individual discussion with the Chief Executive Officer and applied to the personal performance factor of the annual incentive as well as to the base salary increase process. The personal performance factor is multiplied by the financial results to determine the final award amount. The personal performance factor varies from 0% to 160%. The evaluation of the participants, including the Named Executive Officers, results in a personal performance factor which is also reflected as a percentage. For example, achieving target individual performance would yield a result of 100%.

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Determination Formula.   The amount of each actual annual incentive award payout, including the payout to our Named Executive Officers, is determined as follows:

Base Salary ´ Annual Incentive Target %

´ Financial Performance % ´ Personal Performance Factor %

In addition, the annual incentive is adjusted up or down to reflect performance against pre-established inclusion and diversity goals. If performance is below the set goals, the annual incentive for U.S. based senior executives, including the U.S. based Named Executive Officers, is reduced by up to 20%. If goals are exceeded, the annual incentives for U.S. based senior executives, including the U.S. based Named Executive Officers, can be increased by up to 2%. For 2006, the Company exceeded its goals and incentives for U.S. based Named Executive Officers were increased by less than 1%.

The determination of the annual incentive payments, as well as base salary increases, does not impact the calculation of the other elements of total direct compensation.

Incentive for Mr. Isdell.   In determining Mr. Isdell’s 2006 annual incentive award, the Compensation Committee took into account his leadership of the organization and the Company’s strong performance over the past year. In particular, the Company delivered results at the top end of its long-term volume and profit targets.  The Company achieved 4% growth in sparkling beverages – the highest growth since 1998 – and 7% growth in still beverages. The Company also returned $5.4 billion to shareowners, through stock repurchases and dividends. Our total return to shareowners, representing share price appreciation and dividends, was 23% in 2006.

In addition, Mr. Isdell:

·  reinvigorated marketing and accelerated innovation, including nearly 600 new product launches;

·  improved the Company’s executive bench strength and leadership pipeline;

·  improved Company-owned bottling operations and created a more comprehensive partnership model with our bottling system;

·  improved employee morale as demonstrated by improved engagement scores;

·  led the Company to even more responsible corporate citizenship; and

·  improved the Company’s leadership standing in the area of diversity.

Long-Term Equity Compensation

General.   We provide performance-based long-term equity compensation opportunities to our senior executives, including the Named Executive Officers, as part of their competitive pay package because we believe they tie the interests of these individuals directly to the interests of our shareowners and thus indirectly serve to increase shareowner returns. We also believe long-term equity compensation is an important retention tool. We generally award long-term equity compensation in two forms:  stock options and performance share units. In certain circumstances, we may use performance-based restricted stock instead of performance share units. In addition, we sometimes use performance share units or performance-based restricted stock with modest performance hurdles as a retention tool so that the award is, in essence, service-based, but provides the Company with a tax deduction. In 2006, we did not award any time-based restricted stock. The details of our long-term equity compensation plans can be found beginning on page 67.

Prior to 2006, Named Executive Officers, other than the Chief Executive Officer, were usually awarded both stock options and performance share units at the Compensation Committee’s meeting in

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December. Beginning in 2007, all equity grants will generally be awarded in February as was the case for the Chief Executive Officer. We changed the date that equity grants are made to align decisions for all elements of compensation to the same date. We make relatively few grants at other times during the year, and the grants are usually in connection with hiring or compliance with foreign regulations. This change in grant date explains why none of the Named Executive Officers, other than the Chief Executive Officer, received stock options or performance share units in 2006. No employee received extra grants as a result of the change in grant date.

The Compensation Committee determines actual award levels based on individual performance and expected potential for future contributions to our growth. The Compensation Committee also takes into account an individual’s history of past awards, time in current position, and any change in responsibility. Long-term equity awards play no role in the determination of retirement benefits. Because our long-term incentive plans are performance-based, if the minimum level of performance is not achieved, the Named Executive Officer realizes no benefit from the award.

Stock Options.   We believe stock options are inherently performance-based because the exercise price is equal to the market value of the underlying stock on the date the option is granted, and therefore the option has value to the holder only if the market value of the Common Stock appreciates over time. Thus, stock options are intended to provide equity compensation to our employees, including our Named Executive Officers, while simultaneously creating value for our shareowners.

As evidenced by our 2006 Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End table on page 54, our Named Executive Officers hold many stock options with exercise prices that are higher than the market value of the Common Stock as of the end of the fiscal year. As a result, consistent with our pay for performance philosophy, they have not received significant realizable value on this element of their compensation, since shareowners have not enjoyed appreciation in the stock price.

Unlike the performance share units, which are generally limited to senior executives, we grant options to approximately 7,000 employees. There is no relationship between the timing of the award of equity grants and our release of material, non-public information. The fair market value of a share of Common Stock is the average of the high and low prices on the date of grant. In certain foreign jurisdictions, the law requires additional restrictions on the calculation of the option price. Except in the case of new hires, where the grant date may occur in the future, or to comply with foreign regulations, including tax regulations, the grant date is the date the Compensation Committee took action. The Company believes that the measure used in its plans, the average of the high and low prices of the Common Stock on the grant date, is more representative of the fair value than an arbitrary closing price. This measure has been used by the Company for over 20 years.

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Performance Share Units.   Awards of performance share units are currently limited to our senior executives, including the Named Executive Officers. Performance share units provide an opportunity for these executives to receive restricted stock if certain Company performance-related criteria are met for the performance period. Dividends are only paid once the performance criteria are met. The following are shareowner-approved measures from which the Compensation Committee may choose when granting awards:

·  increase in shareowner value

·  earnings per share

·  net income

·  return on assets

·  return on shareowners’ equity

·  increase in cash flow

·  operating profit or operating margins

·  revenue growth

·  operating expenses

·  quality as determined by the Company’s quality index

·  economic profit

 

·  return on capital

·  return on invested capital

·  earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

·  goals relating to acquisitions or divestitures

·  unit case volume

·  operating income

·  brand contribution

·  value share of nonalcoholic ready-to-drink segment

·  volume share of nonalcoholic ready-to-drink segment

·  net revenue

·  gross profit

·  profit before tax

 

For the most recent performance periods the performance measure was compound annual growth in earnings per share. The Compensation Committee chose this measure as it believed such measure is a key metric for our growth model as it was determined to align closely the interests of the senior executives with those of our shareowners. Growth in earnings per share has historically correlated with our share price. Generally, the Compensation Committee sets the target level for a three-year performance period. For the 2006-2008 performance period, the Compensation Committee set the performance target at 8% compound annual growth in earnings per share. The threshold award requires 6% growth and the maximum award is earned at 10% growth. No award is earned if growth is less than 6%.

Mr. Isdell received a target award of 160,000 performance share units in February 2006 at the regularly scheduled Compensation Committee meeting. Due to the change in normal grant date as discussed above, there were no regularly scheduled grants of performance share units in 2006, except to the Chief Executive Officer. The other Named Executive Officers received performance share units for the 2006–2008 performance period in December 2005.

In determining the minimum, target and maximum earnings per share levels, the Compensation Committee may consider the specific circumstances facing the Company for the specific performance period. Actual awards range from 0% to 150% of the target number of performance share units awarded. For the 2006–2008 performance period, Named Executive Officers receive:

·  no award for performance results over the period that do not meet the minimum performance level;

·  an award between 60% but less than 100% of the target amount if the minimum level of performance is exceeded, but results do not meet the expected level;

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·  an award between 100% of the target amount but less than 150% of the target amount if expected performance is met or exceeded but the maximum level of performance is not achieved; and

·  an award of 150% of the target amount if the maximum performance level is achieved or exceeded.

Performance-Based Restricted Stock.   Awards of performance-based restricted stock are generally limited to our senior executives, including the Named Executive Officers, and are used in special circumstances. Messrs. Kent and Fayard each received a grant of 50,000 shares of performance-based restricted stock in February 2006 after the Compensation Committee determined that their roles are critical to the future success of the Company. These two grants have a very modest performance requirement of 2% growth in net income over a five-year period and are intended to serve as retention grants. Dividends are paid during the performance period and are retained even if performance targets are not met.

Selection and Weighting of Components of Compensation

The Compensation Committee determines the mix and weightings of each of our compensation elements by considering data from our peer group. Generally, in 2006 as has been the case in the past several years, the Compensation Committee decided to allocate the most significant percentage of targeted compensation to long-term equity incentive awards. Base salary is the only portion of compensation that is assured. While the Compensation Committee has established a framework to assure that approximately 80% of overall target total direct compensation is at risk for senior executives, actual amounts paid or forfeited depend on business and individual performance.

Base salary constitutes up to 20% of target total direct compensation and short and long-term incentive compensation is designed to constitute 80% or more of target total direct compensation for senior executives, including the Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee used its judgment and discretion in deciding the mix and value of total long-term equity compensation. The Compensation Committee uses performance share units and/or restricted stock as well as options to motivate executives to think like shareowners and to focus on the long-term performance of the business. All are performance-based and payout is entirely determined by Company performance. Performance share units and restricted stock are designed to mirror shareowner interests and make executives sensitive to downside risk because a decrease in the stock price affects overall compensation.

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Benchmarking

We use a peer group of companies as a reference for determining competitive total compensation packages. The Compensation Committee established this peer group in 2003, and periodically reviews its members to ensure that it is still pertinent for comparison purposes. The peer group was last reviewed in 2006. Currently, our peer group consists of the following companies:

·  3M Company

 

·  Hewlett-Packard Company

 

·  Nike, Inc.

·  Abbott Laboratories

 

·  H.J. Heinz Company

 

·  PepsiCo, Inc.

·  Altria Group, Inc.

 

·  Intel Corporation

 

·  Pfizer Inc.

·  American Express Company

 

·  International Business

 

·  Schering-Plough

·  Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

 

Machines Corporation

 

Corporation

·  Bank of America Corporation

 

·  Johnson & Johnson

 

·  The Home Depot, Inc.

·  Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

 

·  Kimberly-Clark Corporation

 

·  The Procter & Gamble

·  Citigroup Inc.

 

·  Kraft Foods Inc.

 

Company

·  Colgate-Palmolive Company

 

·  McDonald’s Corporation

 

·  The Walt Disney

·  Eli Lilly and Company

 

·  Merck & Co., Inc.

 

Company

·  General Electric Company

 

·  Microsoft Corporation

 

·  Unilever PLC

·  General Mills, Inc.

 

·  Nestlé S.A.

 

·  Wyeth

 

These companies were selected because we share many distinguishing criteria, including, but not limited to, a common industry, similar distribution system challenges, market capitalization, global operations, significant brand equity and/or certain financial criteria. We also compete with these companies for executive talent.

For 2006, the Compensation Committee benchmarked the 50th, 60th and 75th percentiles of the peer group’s pay practices to gain an understanding of competitive pay practices. Finally, internal pay practices and external data were used to adjust, as necessary, our salary and total direct compensation ranges for Named Executive Officers. For 2006, the Compensation Committee chose the 60th percentile as a reference point with respect to base salary and annual incentive. A Named Executive Officer’s base salary, for example, may be higher or lower than the reference point based on personal performance, skills and experience in the current role. The actual ranges for total direct compensation encompass the median to 75th percentile. This is to recognize the influence and impact of the Company on the entire Coca-Cola system, which is primarily comprised of independent bottlers and is substantially larger and more complex than the Company alone. The Compensation Committee believes that these broad ranges appropriately reflect the Company’s role in the overall system.

Typically, the Compensation Committee first obtains data for target total direct compensation for each executive position (for example, Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer) or a group of positions (for example, operating group president) in order to gain insights and understanding of current market practice. A compensation consultant from Towers Perrin assists the Compensation Committee in gathering and analyzing the data. This market information is used to inform the Compensation Committee’s thinking and to aid in establishing internal pay ranges for each senior executive, including the Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee then evaluates current internal levels of pay against these benchmarks, internal equity considerations, and financial affordability to construct total

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direct compensation ranges that reflect competitive practice and allow for differentiation in levels of pay with respect to individual performance.

Role of Executive Officers

Our Director of Human Resources takes directions from and brings suggestions to the Compensation Committee. She oversees the actual formulation of plans incorporating the suggestions of the Compensation Committee and its compensation consultant. She provides information to the Compensation Committee on how employees are evaluated and the overall results of the evaluations. She assists the Chair of the Compensation Committee in preparing the agenda for its meetings. As discussed above, the Chief Executive Officer reports on his evaluations of the senior executives, including the other Named Executive Officers. He makes compensation recommendations for the other Named Executive Officers with respect to base salary, merit increases and annual and long-term incentives which are the basis of discussion with the Compensation Committee. The Chief Financial Officer evaluates the financial implications of any Compensation Committee action.

Additional Information

Benefits

In the United States, executive benefits are determined by the same criteria applicable to the general employee population. International plans may vary, but each Named Executive Officer receives only the benefits offered in the relevant broad-based plan. In general, benefits are designed to provide a safety net of protection against the financial catastrophes that can result from illness, disability or death, and to provide a reasonable level of retirement income based on years of service with the Company. These benefits help the Company be competitive in attracting and retaining employees. Benefits help to keep employees focused without distractions related to paying for health care, adequate savings for retirement and similar issues.

Perquisites

The Company provides those perquisites that it feels are necessary to enable the Named Executive Officers to efficiently perform their responsibilities and to minimize distractions.

The Board requires Mr. Isdell to fly on the Company aircraft for business and personal use to provide security given the high visibility of the Company and its brands, to maximize his productive time, and to ensure his quick availability. Mr. Isdell’s use of a car and driver for commuting and business enhances security and allows Mr. Isdell to work productively during transport. Mr. Reyes and his spouse each had the use of a car and driver around the clock for security reasons in Mexico City. Mr. Kent and his family had the use of a car and driver in Istanbul for security purposes. No other Named Executive Officer is provided with a car and driver for personal use.

The Company reimburses its senior executives, including the Named Executive Officers, for financial planning up to $13,000 per year for Mr. Isdell and $10,000 a year for other senior executives. The Company provides this reimbursement for two reasons. First, it allows the executive to stay focused on the business and cuts down on the time devoted to and distraction caused by personal financial planning. Secondly, this benefit also helps to ensure that the executive realizes the full value of compensation awarded. While it would be simpler to eliminate this benefit, which represents a very small percentage of compensation, the benefit to the Company would not be assured. This benefit is only available as a reimbursement, not as a guaranteed amount.

For a more detailed discussion of these perquisites and their valuation, see the the discussion of All Other Compensation beginning on page 47.

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Post-Termination Compensation

Retirement Plans

The Named Executive Officers, except for Mr. Reyes, are eligible to participate in the Employee Retirement Plan of The Coca-Cola Company (the “Retirement Plan”) and the retirement portion of the Supplemental Plan, as are substantially all of our non-union U.S. employees. We do not have specific retirement plans for any Named Executive Officer. Mr. Isdell also accrues benefits under The Coca-Cola Export Corporation Overseas Retirement Plan (the “Overseas Plan”). These plans prohibit duplication of benefits. We adopted these plans as an additional means to attract and retain employees. The retirement plans provide employees, including the Named Executive Officers, the opportunity to plan for future financial needs during retirement. The actual benefit is calculated on the same basis for all participants in a given plan and is based on:

·  length of service;

·  covered compensation (generally base salary and annual incentive); and

·  age at retirement.

Mr. Reyes participates in the Plan Futura (the “Mexico Plan”) along with all other employees based in Mexico and his benefit is calculated in the same manner as all other participants in the Mexico Plan.

Stock options, restricted stock, performance share units and other long-term equity compensation, as well as any extraordinary remuneration, play no part in the calculation of retirement benefits. It is sometimes necessary to make up for retirement benefits forfeited at the prior employer, sometimes by adding years of benefit service. These exceptions are rare and usually relate to the hiring of an executive at a senior level. No Named Executive Officer, however, has been credited with additional years of benefit service or granted an exception. For a more detailed discussion on the retirement plans and the accumulated benefits under these plans, see the 2006 Pension Benefits table and the accompanying narrative beginning on page 57.

Deferred Compensation Plan

We adopted The Coca-Cola Company Deferred Compensation Plan (the “Deferred Compensation Plan”) in 2002. We chose to offer this program because, consistent with our philosophy, it provides an opportunity for the U.S. based participants, including the eligible Named Executive Officers, to save for future financial needs at little cost to the Company. The amount of salary and annual incentive earned by the employee is not affected by the plan. The plan essentially operates as an uninsured, tax-advantaged personal savings account of the employee, administered by the Company, and contributes to the Company’s attractiveness as an employer. It also serves as a retention tool. The Company may hedge the liability, invest the cash retained and/or use the cash in its business. The plan does not guarantee a return or provide for above-market preferential earnings.

For a more detailed discussion of the deferred compensation arrangements relating to our Named Executive Officers, see the 2006 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation table and accompanying narrative on page 59.

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Severance Plan

The Company has a severance plan for its U.S. based employees which operates in limited circumstances such as when an employee’s position is eliminated. All non-union, non-manufacturing U.S. employees, including the U.S. based Named Executive Officers, are covered by the plan and payments are based on level of responsibility, seniority and/or length of service. For the U.S. based Named Executive Officers, the maximum payment under the plan is two times base salary. The Company has no other termination arrangements with any of the Named Executive Officers and generally does not enter into employment contracts, except outside of the United States in accordance with local law. The Company provides this plan to assist employees in their transition to new employment. For a more detailed discussion of these severance arrangements, see Payments on Termination or Change in Control beginning on page 60.

Change in Control

The Company has change in control provisions in its annual incentive plan, its equity compensation plans and U.S. retirement plans, and these provisions apply equally to all participants in the plans, including the Named Executive Officers. We have no additional change in control contracts or arrangements with any of the Named Executive Officers.

The change in control provisions were adopted to ensure that, in the event that the Company is considering a change in control transaction, the employees involved in considering the offer will not be tempted to act in their own interests rather than the interests of the shareowners. The employees would likely not be in a position to influence the Company’s performance after a change in control and may not be in a position to earn their incentive awards or vest in their equity awards. Thus, the provisions are designed to make a transaction neutral to the employees’ economic interests.

The annual incentive plan provides that the annual incentive be paid at target (and in no event above target) upon a change in control, prorated for the actual number of months worked in the year.

Generally, our equity compensation plans provide that restricted stock and stock options will vest in full upon a change in control. Performance share units generally have no change in control provisions. However, if restricted stock has been awarded after the performance goals have been met, any additional time-based restrictions will lapse upon a change in control.

The Compensation Committee believes that the provisions provided for under both our annual incentive plan and equity compensation plans are appropriate since an employee’s position could be adversely affected by a change in control even if he or she is not terminated. These plans provide, however, that the Board of Directors may determine in advance of the change in control event that the provisions would not apply and therefore no accelerated vesting would occur.

There is also a change of control benefit in the Company’s U.S. retirement plans that affects all of our U.S. employees equally. Upon a change in control, the earliest retirement age is reduced from age 55 with ten years of service to age 50 with ten years of service. The employee must actually leave the Company within two years of a change in control in order to receive this benefit. There are no additional credited years of service. The Company believes these provisions help to attract and retain employees and provide some relief to anxieties about job security. For a more detailed discussion of these change in control arrangements, see Payments on Termination or Change in Control beginning on page 60.

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Tax Compliance Policy

Section 162(m) of the Code limits deductibility of certain compensation for the Chief Executive Officer and the four other executive officers who are highest paid and employed at year-end to $1 million per year. If certain conditions are met, compensation may be excluded from the $1 million limit. While we do not design our compensation programs solely for tax purposes, we do design our plans to be tax efficient for the Company where possible and where it does not add a layer of complexity to the plans or administration. Our shareowner-approved incentive plans, stock option plans and certain awards under The Coca-Cola Company 1989 Restricted Stock Award Plan (the “1989 Restricted Stock Plan”) meet the conditions necessary for deductibility. However, the Compensation Committee may exercise discretion in those instances where the mechanistic approaches under tax laws would compromise the interests of shareowners.

Tax and Accounting Implications of Each Form of Compensation

·       Salary is expensed when earned and is not deductible over $1 million for covered employees.

·       Annual incentives are expensed during the year when payout is probable. The portion paid under shareowner-approved measures meets the requirements of Section 162(m) of the Code and is deductible. The portion paid under non-objectively verifiable criteria is not deductible over $1 million under Section 162(m) of the Code for covered employees.

·       Stock options are expensed over the shorter of the vesting period or the service period.  The stock option plans have been approved by shareowners and awards are deductible under Section 162(m) of the Code.

·       Performance share units are expensed over the shorter of the performance period and the subsequent holding period or the service period. In both cases, they are expensed when payout is probable. Restricted stock is awarded after performance share units are earned. The plan has been approved by shareowners and compensation is deductible under Section 162(m) of the Code.

·       Performance-based restricted stock is expensed over the performance and service period when payout is probable. The plan has been approved by shareowners and compensation is deductible under Section 162(m) of the Code.

·       Time-based restricted stock is expensed over the service period. The plan has been shareowner-approved but time-based restricted stock is not deductible over $1 million under Section 162(m) of the Code for covered employees. No non-deductible restricted stock grants were made to the Named Executive Officers in 2006.

Ownership Guidelines

For many years, the Company has had ownership guidelines for senior executives, including the Named Executive Officers. The Compensation Committee monitors compliance annually. Each executive has five years to meet his or her target. Targets increase with rank in the organization. Mr. Isdell meets his target of the lesser of (i) the number of shares with a market value equal to five times salary or (ii) 150,000 shares. Mr. Kent meets his target for his position in 2006 of the lesser of (i) the number of shares with a market value equal to four times salary or (ii) 60,000 shares. Messrs. Fayard and Reyes and Ms. Minnick meet their target of the lesser of (i) the number of shares with a market value equal to three times salary or (ii) 40,000 shares. Shares counted toward the guidelines include:

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·       shares held of record or in a brokerage account by the Named Executive Officer or his or her spouse;

·       shares held in the Thrift Plan, including any Company match;

·       shares of time-based restricted stock; and

·       performance-based restricted stock after the necessary performance criteria (other than any holding period) have been satisfied.

If an executive is promoted and the target is increased, an additional two-year period is provided to meet the target.

Trading Controls

Senior executives, including the Named Executive Officers, are required to receive the permission of the Company’s General Counsel prior to entering into transactions in Company stock, including those involving derivatives, other than the exercise of employee stock options. Permission is not granted for hedging transactions. Generally, trading is permitted only during announced trading periods.

The Company does not restrict pledges as pledging can provide a more attractive interest rate for personal loans. All shares held in brokerage margin accounts can be considered “pledged” and the Company has not forbidden margin accounts.

The Named Executive Officer bears full responsibility if he or she violates Company policy by permitting shares to be bought or sold without preapproval or when trading is restricted.

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REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

The Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis required by Item 402(b) of Regulation S-K with management. Based on such review and discussions, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and incorporated by reference into the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.

 

Cathleen P. Black, Chair

 

Ronald W. Allen

 

Sam Nunn

 

James D. Robinson III

 

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION

The Compensation Committee is comprised entirely of the four independent Directors listed above. Other than James D. Robinson III, Compensation Committee members do not have any non-trivial professional, familial or financial relationship with the Chief Executive Officer, other executive officers or the Company, other than his or her directorship.

A daughter-in-law of James D. Robinson III, one of our Directors and a member of the Compensation Committee, has an indirect minority equity interest in Delaware North. The Company’s relationship with Delaware North is described on page 23.

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

The following tables, narrative and footnotes discuss the compensation for 2006 of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and our three other most highly compensated executive officers.

2006 SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

Name and
Principal Position

 

 

 

Year

 

Salary
($)

 

Bonus
($)

 

Stock
Awards
($)

 

Option
Awards
($)

 

Non-Equity
Incentive
Plan
Compensation
($)

 

Change in
Pension Value
and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)

 

All Other
Compensation
($)

 

Total
($)

 

(a)

 

(b)

 

(c)

 

(d)

 

(e)

 

(f)

 

(g)

 

(h)

 

(i)

 

(j)

 

E. Neville Isdell
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

 

2006

 

$

1,500,000

 

 

$

0

 

$

12,128,912

 

$

7,290,000

 

 

$

5,500,000

 

 

$

5,371,105

 

 

$

545,407

 

$

32,335,424

 

Muhtar Kent
President and Chief Operating Officer

 

2006

 

773,077

 

 

0

 

1,232,275

 

1,072,533

 

 

1,809,962

 

 

532,178

 

 

871,563

 

6,291,588

 

Gary P. Fayard
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

2006

 

616,298

 

 

0

 

4,347,292

 

2,056,278

 

 

1,493,588

 

 

563,197

 

 

69,499

 

9,146,152

 

Mary E. Minnick
Executive Vice President and President, Marketing, Strategy and Innovation

 

2006

 

623,123

 

 

0

 

2,320,681

 

1,535,033

 

 

1,706,958

 

 

531,755

 

 

237,535

 

6,955,085

 

José Octavio Reyes
President, Latin America Group

 

2006

 

543,793

 

 

0

 

3,563,129

 

1,693,724

 

 

1,185,810

 

 

1,535,201

 

 

446,839

 

8,968,496

 

 

Bonus

The Company paid no discretionary bonuses, or bonuses based on performance metrics that were not pre-established and communicated to the Named Executive Officers for 2006. All annual incentive awards for 2006 were performance-based. These payments, which were made under the Company’s annual performance-based incentive plan, are reported in the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column (column (g)).

Stock Awards

The amounts reported in the Stock Awards column (column (e)) reflect the dollar amount, without any reduction for risk of forfeiture, recognized for financial reporting purposes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 of awards of performance share units (“PSUs”) or restricted stock to each of the Named Executive Officers, calculated in accordance with the provisions of SFAS 123R. This means that these numbers will be hard to compare with prior proxy statements. Portions of awards over several years are included. It is difficult to make comparisons between Named Executive Officers since retirement eligibility also influences accounting expense. Accounting expense is also affected by the current probability of meeting or exceeding performance targets, because that is how they are expensed. To see the value of awards made to the Named Executive Officers in 2006, see the 2006 Grants of Plan-Based Awards table on page 51. To see the value actually received by the Named Executive Officers in 2006, see

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the 2006 Option Exercises and Stock Vested table on page 56. Specifically, the number in the table above includes:

·       for Mr. Isdell, $2,772,442 for PSUs granted in February 2005, $7,568,000 for PSUs granted in February 2006 and $1,788,470 for restricted stock granted in July 2004. The shares of restricted stock granted in July 2004 were included in the Summary Compensation table in the 2005 proxy statement. Both PSU grants have been previously reported;

·       for Mr. Kent, $816,375 for PSUs granted in December 2005 and $415,900 for performance-based restricted stock granted in February 2006;

·       for Mr. Fayard, $1,118,003 for PSUs granted in December 2003, $1,369,133 for PSUs granted in December 2004, $1,399,500 for PSUs granted in December 2005, $6,506 for restricted stock granted in October 1994, $38,250 for restricted stock granted in October 1998, and $415,900 for performance-based restricted stock granted in February 2006;

·       for Ms. Minnick, $852,126 for PSUs granted in December 2003, $695,689 for PSUs granted in December 2004, $326,550 for PSUs granted in December 2005, and $446,316 for performance-based restricted stock granted in April 2005; and

·       for Mr. Reyes, $1,080,618 for PSUs granted in December 2003, $1,176,311 for PSUs granted in December 2004 and $1,306,200 for PSUs granted in December 2005.

The assumptions used by the Company in calculating these amounts are incorporated herein by reference to Note 15 to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 (the “Form 10-K”). The Company grants PSUs and restricted stock under the 1989 Restricted Stock Plan. The material provisions of the 1989 Restricted Stock Plan are described beginning on page 67.

The Company cautions that the amounts reported in the 2006 Summary Compensation Table for these awards may not represent the amounts that the Named Executive Officers will actually realize from the awards. Whether, and to what extent, a Named Executive Officer realizes value will depend on the Company’s actual operating performance, stock price fluctuations and the Named Executive Officer’s continued employment. Additional information on all outstanding stock awards is reflected in the 2006 Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End table on page 54.

Option Awards

The amounts reported in the Option Awards column (column (f)) represent the dollar amount, without any reduction for risk of forfeiture, recognized for financial reporting purposes for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 of grants of options to each of the Named Executive Officers, calculated in accordance with the provisions of SFAS 123R. Portions of awards over several years are included. This means that these numbers will be hard to compare with prior proxy statements. It is difficult to make comparisons between Named Executive Officers since retirement eligibility also influences accounting expense. To see the value of awards made to the Named Executive Officers in 2006, see the 2006 Grants of Plan-Based Awards table on page 51. To see the value actually received by the Named Executive Officers in 2006, see the 2006 Option Exercises and Stock Vested table on page 56. Specifically, the number in the table above includes:

·       for Mr. Isdell, options granted in February 2006;

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·       for Mr. Kent, options granted in May 2005 and December 2005;

·       for Mr. Fayard, options granted in December 2002, December 2003, December 2004 and December 2005;

·       for Ms. Minnick, options granted in December 2002, December 2003, December 2004 and December 2005; and

·       for Mr. Reyes, options granted in December 2002, December 2003, December 2004 and December 2005.

Details of each of the grants reflected above can be found in the 2006 Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End table on page 54.

The assumptions used by the Company in calculating these amounts are incorporated herein by reference to Note 15 to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Form 10-K. The options were awarded under The Coca-Cola Company 2002 Stock Option Plan (the “2002 Stock Option Plan”). The material provisions of the 2002 Stock Option Plan are described on pages 62 and 67.

The Company cautions that the amounts reported in the 2006 Summary Compensation Table for these awards may not represent the amounts that the Named Executive Officers will actually realize from the awards. Whether, and to what extent, a Named Executive Officer realizes value will depend on the Company’s actual operating performance, stock price fluctuations and the Named Executive Officer’s continued employment. Additional information on all outstanding option awards is reflected in the 2006 Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End table on page 54.

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation

The amounts reported in the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column (column (g)) reflect the amounts earned and payable to each Named Executive Officer for 2006 under the Company’s annual incentive plan. The material provisions of that plan are described on page 67. These amounts are the actual amounts earned under the awards described in the 2006 Grants of Plan-Based Awards table on page 51. Payments under the annual incentive plan were calculated as described in Compensation Discussion and Anyalsis beginning on page 31.

Change in Pension Value and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Earnings

The amounts reported in the Change in Pension Value and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Earnings column (column (h)) are comprised entirely of changes between December 31, 2005 and December 31, 2006 in the actuarial present value of the accumulated pension benefits of each of the Named Executive Officers. The Named Executive Officers receive pension benefits under the same formula applied to all salaried non-union U.S. employees, except for Mr. Reyes who receives benefits under the same terms applicable to the Company’s employees based in Mexico.

None of the Named Executive Officers received above-market or preferential earnings (as these terms are defined by the SEC) on their nonqualified deferred compensation accounts. The material provisions of the Company’s pension plans and Deferred Compensation Plan are described beginning on page 65 and on page 68.

The assumptions used by the Company in calculating the change in pension value are described on page 58.

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The Company cautions that the values reported in the Change in Pension Value and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Earnings column (column (h)) are theoretical as those amounts are calculated pursuant to SEC requirements and are based on assumptions used in preparing the Company’s audited financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2005 and December 31, 2006. The Company’s pension plans utilize a different method of calculating actuarial present value for the purpose of determining a lump sum payment, if any, under the plan. The change in pension value from year to year as reported in the table is subject to market volatility and may not represent the value that a Named Executive Officer will actually accrue under the Company’s pension plans during any given year.

The Company’s pension programs operate in the same manner for all participants in each plan and there is no special formula for the Chief Executive Officer or any other Named Executive Officer.

The retirement plans calculate benefits using the employee’s eligible compensation for the highest five consecutive years out of the last 11 years of vesting service. Mr. Isdell’s change in pension value is significant because he was rehired after retirement at a substantially higher rate of pay. As of December 31, 2006 he had 32.5 years of service. As a result, each year Mr. Isdell works as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer replaces an earlier year of lower eligible compensation. This treatment applies to all plan participants.

All Other Compensation

The amounts reported in the All Other Compensation column (column (i)) reflect, for each Named Executive Officer, the sum of (i) the incremental cost to the Company of all perquisites and other personal benefits; (ii) the amount of any tax reimbursements; (iii) amounts contributed by the Company to the Thrift Plan, the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan, and the Mexico Plan (collectively, the “Company Thrift Plans”); and (iv) the dollar value of life insurance premiums paid by the Company. Amounts contributed to the Company Thrift Plans are calculated on the same basis for all participants in the relevant plan, including the Named Executive Officers. The material provisions of the Company Thrift Plans are described beginning on page 66.

The following table outlines those (i) perquisites and other personal benefits and (ii) additional all other compensation required by SEC rules to be separately quantified. The narrative following the table describes in more detail all categories of perquisites and other personal benefits provided by the Company.

 

Perquisites and Other Personal Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

Additional All Other Compensation

 

Name

 

 

 

Aircraft
Usage

 

Car and
Driver

 

Club
Memberships

 

Security

 

International
Service
Program
Benefits

 

Financial
Planning

 

 

 

Tax
Reimbursement

 

Company
Contributions
to Company
Thrift Plans

 

Life
Insurance
Premiums

 

E. Neville Isdell

 

$

172,298

 

$

82,097

 

 

$

0

 

 

$

64,766

 

 

N/A

 

 

$ 0

 

 

 

 

$

43,146

 

 

 

$

180,000

 

 

 

$

3,100

 

 

Muhtar Kent

 

 

71,098

 

 

0

 

 

68,819

 

 

$644,449

 

 

 

 

 

 

28,417

 

 

 

47,098

 

 

 

1,404

 

 

Gary P. Fayard

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

N/A

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

2,256

 

 

 

65,439

 

 

 

1,404

 

 

Mary E. Minnick

 

 

0

 

 

N/A

 

 

0

 

 

177,544

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

54,718

 

 

 

673

 

 

José Octavio Reyes

 

 

264,960

 

 

N/A

 

 

90,005

 

 

N/A

 

 

0

 

 

 

 

32,818

 

 

 

37,977

 

 

 

20,679

 

 

 

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Aircraft Usage

The Company aircraft were made available to the Named Executive Officers for their personal use in the following situations:

·       Mr. Isdell is required by the Board to use Company aircraft for all travel, both business and personal. This is required for security purposes for the Chief Executive Officer of our Company which has highly symbolic and well recognized brands, as well as to make sure he can be immediately available to respond to business priorities from any location around the world. This arrangement also allows travel time to be used productively for our Company. Mr. Isdell, and his immediate family traveling with him, uses the Company aircraft for a reasonable number of personal trips.

The personal trips are often scheduled in conjunction with a business trip. Mr. Isdell is reimbursed for the tax liability associated with the personal use of the Company aircraft.

·       Infrequently, spouses/guests of Named Executive Officers ride along on Company aircraft when the aircraft is already going to a specific destination for a business purpose. This use has minimal cost to the Company. No tax reimbursement is provided to the Named Executive Officer in this situation.

In 2006, personal use of the Company aircraft by the Named Executive Officers was less than 3% of the total legs flown.

In determining the incremental cost to the Company of the personal use of Company aircraft, the Company calculates, for each aircraft, the direct variable operating cost on an hourly basis, including all costs that may vary by the hours flown. Items included in calculating this cost are:

·       aircraft fuel and oil;

·       travel, lodging and other expenses for crew;

·       prorated amount of repairs and maintenance;

·       prorated amount of rental fee on airplane hangar;

·       catering;

·       logistics (landing fees, permits, etc);

·       telecommunication expenses and other supplies; and

·       the amount, if any, of disallowed tax deductions associated with such use.

When the aircraft are already flying to a destination for business purposes, only the direct variable costs associated with the additional passenger (for example, catering) are included in determining the aggregate incremental cost of the use to the Company.

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Car and Driver

During 2006, Messrs. Isdell, Kent and Reyes were each provided with a car and driver.

Mr. Isdell is provided a car and driver both for security purposes and to maximize his efficiency during business hours. When not being utilized by Mr. Isdell, his car and driver are used for other Company business. However, the Company has included the entire cost of the car and driver, including all salary, benefits and related employment costs.

Mr. Reyes and his spouse are each provided with a specially equipped car and driver around the clock for security purposes in Mexico City. Mr. Kent and his spouse were provided with a car and driver in Istanbul for security purposes.

The costs to the Company for this benefit are as follows:

Mr. Isdell - car $9,925; driver $72,172;
Mr. Kent - car $29,345; driver $41,753; and
Mr. Reyes - cars $145,909; drivers $119,051.

Club Memberships

Club memberships are provided to the Named Executive Officers when necessary for business purposes. Mr. Reyes and Ms. Minnick were not provided with club memberships. Monthly dues are paid by the Company; however, the Named Executive Officers are taxed on a pro-rata portion of the dues associated with any personal use of the clubs. The Company does not provide any tax reimbursement in connection with the personal use of the clubs. There was no personal use of clubs by any Named Executive Officers in 2006.

Security

The Company provides a comprehensive security program and monitoring system for Mr. Isdell. This includes monitoring equipment at his homes and Company-paid security personnel. Mr. Reyes, based in Mexico City, is provided with security personnel at his residence as well as monitoring of his car and his wife’s car. Mr. Kent was provided with a comprehensive security system in Istanbul. No other Named Executive Officer is provided with Company-paid security, except where necessary when traveling overseas.

International Service Program Benefits

The Company provides benefits to International Service Associates under the International Service Program, the material provisions of which are described on page 68. Currently there are approximately 500 participants in the program. The International Service Program is designed to relocate and support employees who are sent on an assignment outside of their home country. The purpose of the program is to make sure that when the Company requests a move to a location foreign to the associate economic considerations do not play a role. This helps the Company quickly meet its business needs around the world and develop its employees.

Mr. Kent participated in the International Service Program in 2006 while based in Hong Kong.  Mr. Kent has not participated in the International Service Program since he assumed his current Atlanta-based position. The amounts reported include payments for housing expenses, auto expenses, home leave, allowances reflecting the conditions in the host country, relocation expenses associated with his move to Atlanta, tax equalization payments and other program allowances. The amount of the tax equalization could be deemed a tax reimbursement; however, since an International Service Associate is subject to hypothetical taxes pursuant to the International Service Program, these amounts are more properly characterized as International Service Program benefits. Note that payments for tax equalization may occur in the year following the actual tax year.

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The costs to the Company for Mr. Kent in 2006 were:

Housing
Expenses

 

Auto
Expenses

 

Home
Leave

 

Host Country
Allowance

 

Relocation

 

Tax
Equalization

 

Other Program
Allowances

 

$334,696

 

$

22,251

 

$

11,667

 

 

$

7,143

 

 

 

$

8,077

 

 

 

$

243,532

 

 

 

$

17,083

 

 

 

The amounts for Ms. Minnick relate to tax-related items that were paid in 2006, including tax equalization payments arising from her prior international assignment which ended in 2005. Ms. Minnick did not participate in the International Service Program in 2006.

Financial Planning

The Company provides a taxable reimbursement to the Named Executive Officers for financial planning services, which may include tax preparation and estate planning services. No tax reimbursements are provided to the Named Executive Officers in this situation. The amounts reimbursed are included in the All Other Compensation column (column (i)) of the 2006 Summary Compensation Table.

Additional All Other Compensation

Tax Reimbursements.   The amounts reported above represent tax reimbursements paid to each Named Executive Officer. Other than for Mr. Reyes, all amounts are related to use of Company aircraft.

Although Mr. Reyes is not an International Service Associate, the Company applies certain tax equalization provisions of that policy to Mr. Reyes because he incurred U.S. tax obligations due to his work responsibilities in the United States. This reimbursement is intended to ensure that Mr. Reyes is not advantaged or disadvantaged from a tax standpoint as a result of his responsibilities for the Company. The entire amount reflected for Mr. Reyes is this reimbursement.

As explained above, the Company reimburses Mr. Isdell for taxes incurred because of his personal use of Company aircraft. For all of the Named Executive Officers, the Company reimburses for taxes incurred when spouses or guests travel for business purposes.

We impute income to the executive when the use of Company aircraft is considered personal for tax purposes. To calculate taxable income, the Standard Industry Fare Level rates set by the Internal Revenue Service are used. Where a tax reimbursement is authorized, it is calculated using the highest marginal federal tax rate, applicable state rate and Medicare rates. The rate used to calculate taxable income has no relationship to the incremental cost to the Company associated with the use of the aircraft. Any tax reimbursement associated with use of the Company aircraft is included in the “Tax Reimbursement” column of the table.

Contributions to Company Thrift Plans.   The Company makes matching contributions on the same terms and using the same formulas as other participating employees to each Named Executive Officer’s account under the Company Thrift Plans, as applicable.

The amounts reflected above represent the following contributions by the Company:

·       for Mr. Isdell, $6,600 to the Thrift Plan and $173,400 to the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan;

·       for Mr. Kent, $6,600 to the Thrift Plan and $40,498 to the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan;

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·       for Mr. Fayard, $6,600 to the Thrift Plan and $58,839 to the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan;

·       for Ms. Minnick, $6,600 to the Thrift Plan and $48,118 to the thrift portion of the Supplemental Plan; and

·       for Mr. Reyes, $2,093 to a savings fund and $35,884 contributed to the defined contribution portion of the Mexico Plan.

Life Insurance Premiums.   The Company provides limited life insurance to all U.S based employees, including the U.S. based Named Executive Officers, equal to the lesser of their base salary or $300,000. The Company provides life insurance to all Mexico based employees equal to 30 months base salary. The amounts reported above represent the premiums paid for this insurance.

Conversion of Amounts Paid to Mr. Reyes

Mr. Reyes, as a Mexico based employee, is paid in Mexican Pesos. In calculating the dollar equivalent for disclosure purposes, the Company converts each payment into dollars based on the average exchange rate in effect for the month in which the payment was made.

2006 GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS

 

 

 

Estimated Future Payouts
Under Non-Equity Incentive
Plan Awards

 

 

 

Estimated Future Payouts
Under Equity Incentive
Plan Awards

 

All Other Option
Awards: Number
of Securities

 

Exercise or
Base Price
of Option

 

Closing

 

Grant Date
Fair Value
of Stock

 

Name
(a)

 

Grant
Date
(b)

 

Threshold
($)
(c)

 

Target
($)
(d)

 

Maximum
($)
(e)

 

 

 

Threshold
(#)
(f)

 

Target
(#)
(g)

 

Maximum
(#)
(h)

 

Underlying
Options (#)
(j)

 

Awards
($/Sh)
(k)

 

Price on
Grant
Date

 

and Option
Awards
(l)

 

E. Neville Isdell

 

02/16/2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

96,000

 

 

160,000

 

 

240,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 6,054,400

 

 

02/16/2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

900,000

 

 

 

$ 41.39

 

 

 

$ 41.59

 

 

7,290,000

 

 

02/15/2006

 

 

$ 0

 

 

$ 3,000,000

 

$ 9,792,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muhtar Kent

 

02/15/2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,079,500

 

 

 

02/15/2006

 

 

0

 

 

1,200,000

 

3,916,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

Gary P. Fayard

 

02/15/2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,079,500

 

 

02/15/2006

 

 

0

 

 

788,288

 

2,572,970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

Mary E. Minnick

 

02/15/2006

 

 

0

 

 

788,288

 

2,572,970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

José Octavio Reyes

 

02/15/2006

 

 

0

 

 

663,390

 

2,122,848

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated Future Payouts Under Non-Equity Incentive Plan Awards

Payments under these awards have already been determined, will be made on March 15, 2007 and are included in the Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation column (column (g)) of the 2006 Summary Compensation Table. The amounts in the table directly above represent the grants made in February 2006 to each of the Named Executive Officers.

Financial performance is measured separately for the Company as a whole and for an operating unit. In 2006, performance for the Company as a whole was measured 50% on volume and 50% on net income. For an operating unit, the measure was 50% volume and 50% profit before tax, both calculated for the operating unit. Financial performance for Messrs. Isdell and Fayard and Ms. Minnick was entirely based on the performance of the Company as a whole. Financial performance for Messrs. Kent and Reyes was based 50% on the performance of Coca-Cola International and the Latin America group, respectively, and 50% on the performance of the Company as a whole. The target performance level for each performance criteria was established with reference to the appropriate business plan.

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For 2006, the target incentive percentages of base salary were as follows: Mr. Isdell 200%; Mr. Kent 150%; Mr. Fayard 125%; Ms. Minnick 125%; and Mr. Reyes 125%. In calculating the amount of the actual payout, the incentive plan provides that an individual personal performance factor is also to be included in the calculation. The personal performance factor ranges between 0% and 160%. As a result, a Named Executive Officer may not receive any actual payout even if the target financial performance levels are met. Additionally, if financial performance exceeds the target the resulting award may be larger. For a more detailed discussion of the annual incentive award for 2006, see Compensation Discussion and Analysis beginning on page 31.

Estimated Future Payouts Under Equity Incentive Plan Awards

The award to Mr. Isdell represents PSUs granted on February 16, 2006 under the 1989 Restricted Stock Plan.  The performance period for the award is January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2008. The amount recognized for financial reporting purposes under SFAS 123R of the target award of 160,000 performance share units is included in the Stock Awards column (column (e)) of the 2006 Summary Compensation Table.

The Compensation Committee sets award targets for participating executives. The targets are expressed as a number of share units and cannot be increased. The Compensation Committee sets the matrix which describes the percentage, which ranges from 0-150% of the target award, to be granted after performance has been certified. No dividends are paid or accrued during the performance period. At the end of the three-year performance period, subject to meeting the performance criteria, the Compensation Committee grants the individual a restricted stock award determined by performance. These shares are restricted for an additional two years and subject to the participant’s continued employment, unless the participant retires, dies or becomes disabled. Dividends are paid during the additional restriction period at the same rate and at the same time as paid to all shareowners. The participants have voting rights during the restriction period.

The performance criterion for the award to Mr. Isdell is compound annual growth in earnings per share. Mr. Isdell would receive the target award at 8% growth, the threshold award at 6% growth, and the maximum award at 10% growth. No award would be earned if growth is below 6%.

The awards have specific rules related to the treatment of the award, either during or after the performance period, in such events as death, disability and retirement. All of these provisions are described on page 62. In addition, Mr. Isdell’s grant also contains specific provisions in the event of his retirement, which are described on page 64.

The awards to Messrs. Fayard and Kent represent shares of performance-based restricted stock granted on February 15, 2006 under the 1989 Restricted Stock Plan. The performance period for the awards is January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2010. The performance measure for both awards is 2% growth in net income over the performance period. These awards are intended as retention grants. Any separation or termination, including retirement but not including death or disability, will result in complete forfeiture of the awards. The amounts recognized for financial reporting purposes under SFAS 123R of these shares of restricted stock are included in the Stock Awards column (column (e)) of the 2006 Summary Compensation Table.

The Company cautions that the amounts reported in the 2006 Summary Compensation Table for these awards reflect the Company’s accounting expense and may not represent the amounts that the Named Executive Officers will actually realize from the awards. Whether, and to what extent, a Named

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Executive Officer realizes value will depend on the Company’s actual operating performance, stock price fluctuations and the Named Executive Officer’s continued employment. If actual Company performance falls below certain thresholds, no payouts are made.

All Other Option Awards

As discussed in Compensation Discussion and Analysis, in 2006, the Company has decided to make all total direct compensation decisions at the same time. Previously, options were awarded to employees, other than the Chief Executive Officer, at the December Compensation Committee meeting and the Chief Executive Officer’s award was made at the February meeting. The Compensation Committee decided that, beginning in 2007, the broad-based option grants would be made in February. Therefore Messrs. Kent, Fayard and Reyes and Ms. Minnick received no option awards in 2006.

Mr. Isdell’s options were granted on February 16, 2006 under the 2002 Stock Option Plan and have a term of ten years from the grant date and vest one-fourth on the first, second, third and fourth anniversaries of the grant date. Mr. Isdell’s grant also contains specific vesting and exercise provisions in the event of his retirement, which are described on page 64. The amount recognized for financial reporting purposes under SFAS 123R is included in the Option Awards column (column (f)) of the 2006 Summary Compensation Table.

The 2002 Stock Option Plan generally provides that the option exercise price may not be less than 100% of the fair market value of Common Stock on the date the option is granted. Under the 2002 Stock Option Plan, the fair market value of a share of Common Stock is based on the average of the high and low prices of the Common Stock on the date of grant. The Company believes that using the high and low prices of the Common Stock is more representative of the fair value than an arbitrary closing price.

The Company cautions that the amounts reported in the 2006 Summary Compensation Table for these awards reflect the Company’s accounting expense and may not represent the amounts that the Named Executive Officers will actually realize from the awards. Whether, and to what extent, a Named Executive Officer realizes value will depend on the Company’s stock price fluctuations and the Named Executive Officer’s continued employment.

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2006 OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END

 

Option Awards

 

 

Stock Awards

 

Name

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Exercisable

 

Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options (#)
Unexercisable

 

Option
Exercise
Price ($)

 

Option
Expiration
Date

 

 

Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested (#)

 

Market Value
of Shares or
Units of
Stock That
Have Not
Vested ($)

 

Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Unearned
Shares, Units
or Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested (#)

 

Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Market or
Payout Value
of Unearned
Shares, Units
or Other
Rights That
Have Not
Vested ($)

 

(a)

 

(b)

 

(c)

 

(e)

 

(f)

 

 

(g)

 

(h)22

 

(i)

 

(j)22

 

E. Neville Isdell

 

 

80,000

1

 

 

 

 

 

$

59.7500

 

10/15/2007

 

 

 

140,000

15

 

$

6,755,000

 

 

 

299,740

17

 

 

$

14,462,455

 

 

 

 

225,000

2

 

 

225,000

2

 

$

48.8900

 

7/21/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

155,173

3

 

 

465,517

3

 

$

43.0800

 

2/16/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

900,000

4

 

$

41.3900

 

2/15/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muhtar Kent

 

 

20,000

5

 

 

60,000

5

 

$

43.4300

 

5/1/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85,000

18

 

 

$ 4,101,250

 

 

 

 

 

37,500

6

 

 

112,500

6

 

$

41.1850

 

12/13/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary P. Fayard

 

 

17,000

1

 

 

 

 

 

$

59.7500

 

10/15/2007

 

 

 

14,000

16

 

$

675,500

 

 

 

153,369

19

 

 

$ 7,400,054

 

 

 

 

31,250

7

 

 

 

 

 

$

53.4062

 

10/20/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50,000

8

 

 

 

 

 

$

54.3437

 

2/15/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

83,000

9

 

 

 

 

 

$

57.8437

 

10/17/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300,000

10

 

 

 

 

 

$

48.2100

 

5/29/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

175,000

11

 

 

 

 

 

$

44.6550

 

12/17/2017