8-K 1 ko8k120607.htm THE COCA-COLA COMPANY CURRENT REPORT ON FORM 8-K ko8k120607.htm
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
 
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
 
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):
December 11, 2007 (December 5,  2007)
 
 
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
001-02217
(Commission File Number)
 
58-0628465
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
One Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia
(Address of principal executive Offices)
 
 
 
30313
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (404) 676-2121
 
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Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On December 6, 2007, The Coca-Cola Company (the “Company”) announced that Muhtar Kent, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, was elected Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective July 1, 2008.  Mr. Kent will continue as President of the Company.  In addition, the Company announced that E. Neville Isdell, the Company’s current Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors until the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareowners in April 2009.

Mr. Kent, age 55, joined the Company in 1978 and held a variety of marketing and operations roles throughout his career with the Company. In 1985, he was appointed General Manager of Coca-Cola Turkey and Central Asia. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Kent served as President of the East Central Europe Division and Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola International. Between 1995 and 1998, he served as Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited-Europe, and from 1999 until 2005, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Efes Beverage Group and as a board member of Coca-Cola Icecek. Mr. Kent rejoined the Company in May 2005 as President, North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group, was appointed President, Coca-Cola International in January 2006 and was elected Executive Vice President in February 2006. He was elected to his current positions in December 2006.

A copy of the Company’s press release making these announcements is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01                                Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)  
Exhibits

Exhibit 99.1                   Press Release of The Coca-Cola Company dated December 6, 2007.


 
 
 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


 
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
(REGISTRANT)
 
 
 
Date:  December  11, 2007
 
 
 
By:           /s/ David M. Taggart                                                                
David M. Taggart
Vice President and Treasurer
 
 
   



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EXHIBIT INDEX
 


Exhibit No.
Description
 
Exhibit 99.1
Press Release of The Coca-Cola Company dated December 6, 2007