Big Management Changes for the Coke Team

    April 28, 2005
    Chris Crum

Coca-Cola Enterprises announced that its senior management team is going though some big changes.

Chief Operating Officer G. David Van Houten, Jr. is retiring, Shaun B. Higgins has been appointed president of the European Group, and William W. Douglas has been named chief financial officer.

“We are fortunate that some of the industry’s strongest operators have developed their careers at Coca-Cola Enterprises. Our leadership continues to set industry standards,” said president and CEO John R. Alm. “The talent and flexibility of our senior management team allow us to leverage their strengths and demonstrate the breadth of their capabilities by placing them in new roles and responsibilities.”

Van Houten will retire by the end of the year, and the process has begun for the selection of his successor. “David’s three decades in the Coca-Cola bottling business have been distinguished by outstanding operational excellence and exemplary leadership in developing people,” Alm said. “David is a highly respected industry leader who is recognized as one of the premier operators in the Coca-Cola system. We are fortunate to have had the benefit of his talent and insight since our company’s inception.”

Higgins is to rejoin the Coca-Cola Enterprises European Group as president, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Dominique Reiniche who was recently named president of The Coca-Cola Company’s European Union Group.

Douglas who will become CFO, joined the Coca-Cola system in 1985.

Chris is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.