Coca-Cola Executive to Speak at Mercer’s Executive Forum Tuesday

April 25, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu

ATLANTA/MACON — Mercer University’s Executive Forum, presented by BB&T, will feature Jerry S. Wilson, Mercer alumnus and senior executive with Coca-Cola Co., on Tuesday, April 26, in Atlanta and Macon. He will give a lunch presentation at noon at the Capital City Club and a dinner presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center on Mercer’s Macon campus.

As chief customer and commercial officer and senior vice president at Coca-Cola, Wilson is responsible for crafting and executing the company’s global customer and commercial leadership strategy and agenda. Wilson joined Coca-Cola in 1988 from Volkswagen of America Inc., where he was USA Brand Manager. He has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at Coca-Cola in general management, consumer marketing and strategic planning, serving as western area vice president, director of strategic marketing and director of sales operations within the Coca-Cola USA Foodservice Division.

Prior to his current role, Wilson served as president of the McDonald’s Division, where he led Coca-Cola’s worldwide organization responsible for growing this important business alliance in 118 countries and more than 31,000 restaurants. Wilson earned his Master of Business Administration from Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia.

The Executive Forum is a membership organization and is open to businesses, organizations and individuals. For more on membership, in Atlanta, call (678) 547-6392 or, in Macon, call (478) 301-2943 or visit www.mercer.edu/forum/membership.

About the Executive Forum Presented by BB&T
The Executive Forum presented by BB&T is a business outreach program of Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, and the Office of University Advancement. The Executive Forum provides business professionals with an opportunity to hear nationally noted speakers while networking with other business leaders. For more information, call Mercer’s Office of University Advancement at (800) 837-2911 or (478) 301-2943 or visit www.mercer.edu/forum.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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