The Coca‑Cola Company has appointed Jorge Garduño as its new chief customer and commercial officer, effective from 1 February 2024.
In 2017, he was named president of the company’s former Japanese business unit before being promoted to his current role in 2020.
Coca-Cola president and chief financial officer John Murphy, who oversees customer and commercial services, stated, “Jorge is well regarded as a strong operator and is one of the company’s foremost experts in revenue growth management.
Garduño succeeds Elaine Bowers Coventry, who is stepping into the newly created role of president of the company’s Europe East Operations division.
Murphy added, “Jorge will build upon the progress made by Elaine and take the customer and commercial agenda to the next chapter of growth.
“I thank Elaine for her tremendous contributions and wish her the best of success in her new role.”
Garduño is an experienced professional who joined Coca‑Cola in 1992.
He served in various positions – in commercial operations, marketing, and key accounts – at Coca‑Cola Mexico.
Later, he took up general-manager roles for Coca‑Cola Colombia, Coca‑Cola Thailand and Coca‑Cola Chile.
He was then named managing director of Spain, Portugal and Andorra for Coca‑Cola Iberia, the cola giant noted.
As well as his operational positions, Garduño has served on the boards of ThaiNamthip, in Thailand, Coca‑Cola Amatil, in Australia, and Coca‑Cola COFCO, in China.
Garduño earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Advanced Management Program(me) at Harvard Business School.