Gallup-HOPE Index Advisory Board Member Since: June 2011
Mr. Alexander B. Cummings is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of The Coca-Cola Company. The CAO structure consolidates key global corporate functions in a purposeful approach to effectively support the business operations of The Coca-Cola Company. Key global corporate functions reporting to the CAO include Legal, People Function, Global Community Connections, Strategic Planning, Information Technology, Sustainability, Strategic Security and Aviation, and the Technical organization comprising of: Research & Development, Science, Global Quality and Product Integrity, Supply Chain, and Procurement. These functions support our five operating groups with presence in over 200 countries.
Born in Liberia, West Africa, Mr. Cummings joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1997 as Region Manager, Nigeria. In 2000, he was named President of the Company's North & West Africa Division. In March 2001, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of the Africa Group, responsible for the Company's operations in Africa, encompassing a total of 56 countries and territories across the continent.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cummings held several positions with The Pillsbury Company in the U.S. In his last role as Vice President of Finance for Pillsbury International, he had financial responsibility for a growing $1.2 billion international branded food business with operating companies in 16 countries.
Mr. Cummings currently serves on the boards of C.A.R.E. and Clark Atlanta University. He also is a board member of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, a publicly traded bottler of The Coca-Cola Company (NASDAQ). He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.
In addition, Mr. Cummings has previously served on the following boards; The African Presidential Archives & Research Center, Corporate Council on Africa, African-America Institute, Africare, and the following bottling partner entities of The Coca-Cola Company:Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, Coca-Cola Sabco (Pty.) Ltd., Equatorial Coca-ColaBottling Company, and The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt.
Mr. Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.