President of Coca-Cola North America to Speak

February 02, 2011


J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr. to Deliver Remarks at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business

Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, will speak about "Accelerating Growth in the Age of Transparency" at the Distinguished Leaders Series at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The event is open to the public.

The Coca-Cola Company, owner of the world’s most valuable brand, has a 125-year history of success with its well-known products, a broad and efficient distribution system to its many customers, and a positive image among consumers and communities.Today, these are not enough to guarantee continued growth and success in the face of instant global communications and increasingly demanding, diverse, and rapidly changing operating and social environments. Sandy Douglas will discuss how the company builds upon its core strengths while embracing change in the areas of brands, customers, and social license, to operate and to win in the North American market.
The Distinguished Leaders Series annually brings to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business accomplished leaders who share their unique experiences with the school’s undergraduate and graduate students.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, 4:15 p.m.
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium
Washington, D.C.
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Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or
J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas has been president of Coca-Cola North America since August 2006. In this role, he is responsible for all of The Coca-Cola Company’s operations in the United States and Canada. Prior to becoming president, he was senior vice president and chief customer officer, where he oversaw the company’s global customer and commercial leadership organization.
Douglas joined Coca-Cola in 1988, holding a variety of positions in Coca-Cola Fountain. In 1994, he was named vice president of the CCE Sales & Marketing Group, and in 1998, he became responsible for the entire North American field sales and marketing groups. In 2000, he was named president of Coca-Cola North America’s retail division.
Also active in beverage and consumer product industry organizations, Douglas serves on the boards of American Beverage Association and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. In addition, he is a member of various charity leadership boards including the East Lake Foundation, Students in Free Enterprise, and Morehouse College.
Douglas graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 and began his career at Procter & Gamble before joining Coca-Cola.
The remaining events in the spring series include:
  • Monday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., Lohrfink Auditorium: Business of Sports Panel with Woody Johnson, owner of the NFL’s New York Jets; Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and NBA’s Washington Wizards, as well as CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; Sheila Johnson, managing partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and CEO of Salamander Hospitality; and Edward Cohen, one of the principal owners of the MLB’s Washington Nationals; moderated by George Daly, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (RSVP at
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit