John Brock, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, spoke at the Buckhead Business Associations’ quarterly luncheon on June 28.
Brock, who spoke to a crowded room at 103 West, emphasized the company’s commitment to sustainability.
The Coca-Cola CEO said the company’s goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of each beverage sold by one third and to “recycle or reuse every package we sell everywhere.”
“We’re committed to making it happen,” Brock said.
He said the upcoming summer Olympics in London, will be the “greenest games you’ve ever seen.”
He said plastic bottles used at the games will be recycled and back on the shelves within six weeks.
The Coca-Cola CEO is a native off Moss Point, Miss., and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
He has a lengthy list of leadership jobs on his resume, including Chief Operating Officer of Cadbury Schweppes and chairman of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group’s Board of Directors and CEO of Interbrew, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. He joined Coca-Cola as CEO in 2006 and was named chairman in 2008.
“Under his leadership, Coca-Cola Enterprises sold its North American operations to The Coca-Cola Company and acquired bottling operations in Norway and Sweden in October 2010, forming the world’s third-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler,” a BBA press release says.
In addition to talking about the company’s environmental initiatives, he also urged BBA members to vote yes on July 31 for a penny-sales tax to pay for road projects in metro Atlanta.
“We’ve got to pass this and untie and unclog Atlanta,” Brock said.
During the meeting, the BBA also honored its public safety officers:
Recipients of the quartely award were:
– Police Officer Gregory Lawrence, Atlanta Police Department Zone 2
– Lt. Brian McGee, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department
– Capt. Keith Hall, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
The BBA gave the Karl A Bevins Service Award Elizabeth Gill, of Express Employment Professionals.