Coca-Cola will have a new tax counsel

Coca-Cola will have a new tax counsel

The Coca-Cola Co has appointed a new group tax lawyer after the incumbent announced his retirement.

Robert Jordan will succeed William Hawkins, who leaves in March after 15 years with the company, as the group's general tax counsel, Coca-Cola said yesterday (12 December). Hawkins, 57, joined in 1998 as a senior tax counsel working with North America and Western Europe.

In a further move, Jordan, who is currently deputy tax counsel, was yesterday elected by Coca-Cola's board to vice president. Chief information officer Ed Steinike was also elected senior vice president.

Steinike joined the company as chief technology officer in 2002 and rejoined in 2010 after a stint as chief information officer at ING Insurance. Jordan joined Coca-Cola in 1994.

Coca-Cola announced it is returning its North American operations to separate business and bottler arms as part of a plan to return to a franchise model instead of owning bottler.