Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has added to its board of directors. The company announced yesterday that Robert D. Pettus, Jr. has been named to join the board and appointed vice-chairman. Pettus is a long-time veteran of the Charlotte-based company who plans to retire in February 2005.

"Bob Pettus has served Coca-Cola Consolidated with distinction for 20 years in a variety of roles from the human resources department to executive vice-president and assistant to the chairman," Coca-Cola Consolidated chairman and CEO J. Frank Harrison III said. "We are fortunate that after his retirement Bob will continue to serve our company as a member of the board of directors and as vice-chairman of the board."

Harrison said the new vice-chairman will serve on the Finance and Retirement Benefit Committees.

Pettus, 59, joined Coca-Cola Consolidated in 1984 as vice-president of human resources. In that role, he helped engineer the rapid growth of the company as it acquired numerous additional Coca-Cola bottling territories.

In 1996, he was named executive vice-president and assistant to the chairman.