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Coca-Cola Names Jennifer Mann New President of North America Operating Unit

Global Ventures top executive to succeed Alfredo Rivera, who is stepping down Dec. 31
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ATLANTA — Jennifer Mann will become president of Coca-Cola’s North America operating unit effective Jan. 1, 2023, the company has announced. Mann succeeds Alfredo Rivera, who will step down Dec. 31.

Rivera, who led a successful restructuring of the North America operating unit, will remain with the company as a senior advisor through March 2023.

Mann, 49, currently serves as corporate senior vice president and president of Global Ventures. Her team is responsible for globally scaling acquisitions and brands, including Costa Coffee and Coca-Cola’s investment in Monster Beverage Corp., Atlanta-based Coca-Cola said. A new leader for Global Ventures will be named later.

Rivera, 61, has led the North America operating unit since August 2020.

“Alfredo has been a highly valued business partner for me and countless others across our system for nearly four decades,” said James Quincey, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co. “I thank Alfredo for his service and wish him all the best.”

In her new role, Mann will be corporate senior vice president and president of the North America operating unit.

“Jennifer has emerged as a strong business leader during her 25-year career with the company,” Quincey said. “Her background in operations across the United States and globally makes her a great fit to lead the company’s largest operating unit.”

In July, Coke announced that John Murphy, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will add the title of president Oct. 1 when Brian Smith retires.

Rivera started his career in the Coca-Cola system in 1984 in Latin America and went on to serve in various roles across the hemisphere.

Before being named president of the North America operating unit, Rivera was president of the company’s former Latin America group, where he oversaw operations of four business units across nearly 40 Latin and Caribbean countries. Prior to that, Rivera was president of the Latin Center business unit from 2013 to 2016 and was sparkling beverages general manager for the Mexico business unit for six years.

Rivera joined the company in 1997 as district manager for Guatemala and El Salvador in the Central America and Caribbean division.

Mann joined Coca-Cola in 1997 and went on to hold several roles of increasing responsibility, becoming president of Global Ventures in 2019.

Prior to that, Mann served as chief people officer and as chief of staff for Quincey. From 2012 to 2015, she was vice president and general manager of Coca-Cola Freestyle, where she accelerated the global expansion of Freestyle and led its development across the Coca-Cola system.

Mann’s first role with the company was as a manager in the national customer support division of North America. She went on to hold various customer and operational roles, including director of McDonald’s customer and consumer operations; director of Good Answer; and vice president of foodservice and on-premise strategy and marketing for Coca-Cola Refreshments.

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