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Coca-Cola may announce the successor to Douglas Daft as soon as next month, according to press reports. The Wall Street Journal Europe cites sources familiar with the situation in a report today, saying that the company is narrowing down its search to several leading candidates.

The journal says that the main contenders for the position of CEO and chairman are R. Kerry Clark, the current vice chairman of Procter & Gamble Co. and president of its global market development and business operations; Robert Eckert, Mattel Inc.'s chairman and CEO; Carlos Gutierrez, chairman and CEO of Kellogg Co.; and James Kilts, Gillette Co.'s chairman and CEO.

Daft announced in February that he will retire from the joint-post, and speculation has been rife ever since about who will take over. The front-running internal candidate has been Steven Heyer, currently the group's president and chief operating officer.


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