The Coca-Cola Company has appointed two officers in the same week that two directors announced they were standing down. The company said yesterday (16 February) that Muhtar Kent, the recently-named president of Coca-Cola International, has been elected executive vice president, while Tom Mattia will become senior vice president of the company. Both officers serve on Coke's executive committee and report directly to chairman and CEO Neville Isdell.

Prior to rejoining Coke last year, Kent served as CEO and president of Efes Beverage Group from 1999. From 1995 to 1998, Kent was managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil-Europe, covering bottling operations in 12 countries. He first joined Coke in Atlanta in 1978. Kent was promoted to president and COO of Coke's North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group, before becoming head of Coke International in January.

Mattia was named director of worldwide public affairs and communications last month. He is responsible for leading the company's global public affairs and communications. Mattia also leads the company's public policy and corporate responsibility council and the bottler public affairs advisory board.

The announcement comes three days after the company confirmed that company directors Warren Buffett and Pedro Reinhard will not stand for re-election at the upcoming annual meeting of shareowners. Their tenures expire on 19 April.