Minnick leaves marketing post at Coca-Cola

by Eric Schroeder
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ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Co. announced Mary E. Minnick, executive vice-president and president of marketing, strategy and innovation, is leaving the company to pursue professional and personal goals in the United Kingdom.

Ms. Minnick, 46, has been with Coca-Cola for 23 years, holding a variety of executive roles. She previously was president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola Asia, where she oversaw operations in more than 40 countries, drove supply chain efficiencies and expanded the company’s portfolio in a group that accounts for approximately one-third of the company’s operating income. Earlier, she was president of Coca-Cola Japan and president of the South Pacific division, based in Australia.

She took on her latest role after the company announced in March 2005 its commitment to re-establish marketing leadership and accelerate the introduction of new products.

Ms. Minnick was recently ranked No. 31 on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 50 most powerful women in business.

She received a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.

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