Mr. Alexander B. Cummings is chief administrative officer (CAO) and executive vice president, The Coca-Cola Company. The CAO structure consolidates key Center functions in a purposeful approach to effectively support our business operations. The key Center functions include Legal, Public Affairs and Communications, Human Resources, Global Community Connections, Strategic Planning, Information Technology, Product Integrity, Research & Innovation, and Science.
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. 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 is chairman of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and is on the Boards of the African-America Institute, Africare and Clarke Atlanta University. He has served on the Advisory Board of The African Presidential Archives & Research Center, The Corporate Council on Africa and The Center for Global Development's Commission on U.S. Policy toward Low-Income Poorly Performing States (LIPPS). He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council.
Mr. Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.