Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ingrid Saunders Jones, to retire
after 30 years
19, 2013) The Coca-Cola Company today announced Senior Vice President of
Global Community Connections and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation,
Ingrid Saunders Jones, will retire after 30 years of distinguished
service with the Company, effective June 1.
A well-respected global leader, Jones joined The Coca-Cola Company in
1982 and has held roles of increasing responsibility around the
Company's corporate giving and community outreach. She has served as
Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation since 1991.
During her three-decade Coca-Cola career, Jones has led the
transformation of the Company's philanthropic outreach, growing a
U.S.-focused program into a global campaign, which now includes water
stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling and education
programs worldwide. Under Jones' leadership, The Coca-Cola Foundation
has awarded more than $500 million to thousands of community
"Over the past 30 years, I have been grateful to work for a company that
commits the talent and time of its employees and its philanthropic
dollars to issues and organizations that empower and enhance the lives
of others," said Jones. "I'm proud of the work of the Foundation and
believe deeply in the people and communities we've served around the
world. I am fortunate to have worked with extraordinary leaders,
community supporters and caring and committed associates."
Jones' community and leadership accomplishments are many. They include
chairing a number of notable national and local organizations such as
the United Way of Metro Atlanta, the Woodruff Arts Center, National
Black Arts Festival, and The Carter Center Board of Advisors. In
addition, she serves or has served on the board of organizations such as
Clark Atlanta University, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the
Ohio State University President's Council on Women, Girl Scouts of the
USA, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and The Coca-Cola Africa
Foundation. She is currently the Chair of the National Council of Negro
A testament to her leadership within the community, Jones has received
many honors from organizations ranging from the National Urban League
and the Jackie Robinson Foundation to the Executive Leadership Council,
National Women's Research Alliance and the YWCA of Atlanta.
"Ingrid's contributions to our Company and to the communities we serve
worldwide cannot be overstated," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The
Coca-Cola Company. "Simply put, she has been the heart and soul of
Coca-Cola in the community for three decades. Her passion for serving
and improving communities has made a profound difference in the world
and taught us that we all possess the ability to transform the lives of
others. We are deeply indebted to her incomparable legacy of service and
we wish her all the best as she moves into the next phase of her life."
The Coca-Cola Company also announced Lisa Borders will succeed Jones as
Vice President of Global Community Connections and Chair of The
Coca-Cola Foundation, effective May 1. Borders joins Coca-Cola after
serving as President of the Grady Health Foundation – the philanthropic
arm of Grady Health System – Georgia's largest public hospital and
Atlanta's premier level I trauma center. As Foundation President,
Borders led the Greater Grady capital campaign, a five-year, $325
million effort, and guided the system's development efforts during the
most important period in Grady's history.
"I am excited to be joining a company that has played such a critical
role in my hometown and around the world not only as a driver of
economic growth but of social empowerment and philanthropic leadership,"
said Borders. "I look forward to leading the work of The Coca-Cola
Foundation and continuing its legacy of service to others."
Borders has extensive experience leading a range of community-focused
civic, philanthropic, business and political endeavors. Formerly, she
served as President of the Atlanta City Council, Vice Mayor of Atlanta
and Co-Chair of the transition team for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Her
numerous Atlanta initiatives have included increasing the availability
of affordable housing, uncovering transportation solutions and promoting
neighborhood safety and preservation. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from
Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a Master of Science in Health
Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver.
A lifelong Atlanta resident, Borders has deep roots in the community.
She is currently a trustee at The Westminster Schools, a board member at
Clark Atlanta University, a member of the Board of Visitors and Board of
Ethics at Emory University, and a board member of the Atlanta Downtown
Community Improvement District (ADID).
"Lisa is an accomplished leader in all aspects of what we call the
Golden Triangle – the partnership between civil society, business and
government," said Kent. "Her deep background in philanthropic giving,
public service and corporate strategy brings to the Company the right
combination of experience to lead our global community outreach. We
welcome Lisa to the Coca-Cola family and wish her the best of success in
her new role."
Borders will report to Bea Perez, Vice President and Chief
Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.
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