Coca-Cola names leaders for new operating structure

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola has announced new leadership appointments to support the company's new global operating structure.

Coca-Cola said that Ahmet Bozer, Steve Cahillane and Irial Finan will lead Coca-Cola International, Coca-Cola Americas and Bottling Investments Group, respectively. Coca-Cola said the new structure "will consolidate leadership of global operations under the Bottling Investments Group and two large, but similar sized geographic regions to streamline reporting lines, intensify focus on key markets and create a structure that leverages synergies and provides flexibility to adjust the business within these geographies in the future."

The three operating businesses will report to chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent. The changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.