The board of directors of The Coca-Cola Company announced the election of three new corporate officers.
Ellie May has been elected vice president and controller. She is joining the company May 1 and will succeed Kathy Loveless, who is retiring July 15 after a transition period. Loveless is stepping down after a 35-year career with the company.
May joins Coca-Cola from Ernst & Young LLP, where she was an audit partner serving companies in the retail and consumer products industry for more than 20 years. May also spent time in EY’s National Accounting practice in New York and capital markets and audit practices in Europe. In these roles, she was responsible for overseeing the global audits of large multinational companies, supervising engagement teams, monitoring standard-setting activities, and developing EY’s interpretive guidance on the topic of revenue recognition. May is a CPA in Georgia, New York and Arkansas. She has a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Virginia.
Mark Harris has been elected vice president. Harris currently serves as deputy tax counsel and will become general tax counsel May 1, succeeding Bob Jordan. Jordan retired April 30 after a 29-year career with the company, including nearly 10 years in his current role. Harris has been with the company since 2006 and was promoted to deputy tax counsel earlier this year. Prior to Coca-Cola, Harris was with EY and, before that, the Office of the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Harris has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, a juris doctor degree from Albany Law School and a Master of Law from New York University.
Robin Halpern has been elected vice president. She leads investor relations and succeeds Tim Leveridge, who has taken a new role as chief financial officer for the company’s Europe operating unit. Halpern joined the company in 2020 from Wall Street, where she covered the consumer staples sector. She served as senior vice president and managing director at Bernstein Research, where she spent 10 years as the consumer sector strategist. She held similar roles at Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and UBS. Halpern holds a Bachelor of Science in commerce from the University of Virginia.