President and c.e.o. Alm to leave Coca-Cola Enterprises

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ATLANTA — Coca-Cola Enterprises president and chief executive officer John R. Alm is leaving the company effective Jan. 1. The board of directors has initiated the search process for the selection of his successor. Lowry F. Kline, chairman of the board of directors, will serve as interim c.e.o. until the selection process is completed with Mr. Alm providing advice and counsel to him throughout the transition for a period up to six months.

"I am fully committed to working with Lowry to ensure an effective transition, and this decision reflects the company’s confidence in our strong management team, especially the abilities of Terry Marks and Shaun Higgins, two of the industry’s most respected operators," Mr. Alm said. "Under their leadership, we are continuing to strengthen our business in North America and Western Europe, working closely with The Coca-Cola Co. to meet the changing needs of our customers and consumers in these dynamic markets."

Mr. Alm began his career in the beverage industry in 1980 when he joined the Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling Group as senior vice-president and chief financial officer. In 1991, the Johnston Coca-Cola Bottling Group merged with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Mr. Alm was named vice-president and c.f.o. In 2000, Mr. Alm was named president and chief operating officer and became c.e.o. in January 2004.

Before being elected chairman in April 2002, Mr. Kline was c.e.o. In April 2000, he was elected a member of the company’s board of directors and its vice-chairman after serving as executive vice-president and chief administrative officer.

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