The Coca-Cola Co's senior VP and general counsel is to retire from the company following a 42-year tenure.

Geoffrey Kelly, who joined Coca-Cola's legal division in 1970, will step down in February, the company said on Friday (16 December). Kelly held a number of senior legal positions within Coca-Cola before being appointed senior VP and general counsel in 2005.

Bernhard Goepelt, Coca-Cola's Pacific group counsel, will succeed Kelly as general counsel with immediate effect. Kelly will remain in his role as senior VP during a transition period through to February.

Also on Friday, Coca-Cola announced the appointment of former Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley, to its board of directors.