Alexander B. Cummings, Jr. (AU, MBA '82)
Chairman of the Board
Alexander B. Cummings is chief administrative officer (CAO), The Coca-Cola Company. The CAO structure consolidates key Center functions in a purposeful approach to effectively support our business operations. The key Center functions include Legal, Public Affairs and Communications, Human Resources, Global Community Connections, Strategic Planning, Information Technology, Product Integrity, Research & Innovation, and Science.
Born in Liberia, West Africa, Mr. Cummings joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1997 as region manager, Nigeria. In 2000, he was named president of the Company's North & West Africa Division. In March 2001, he became president and chief operating officer of the Africa Group, responsible for the Company's operations in Africa, encompassing a total of 56 countries and territories across the continent.
Prior to joining the Coca- Cola Company, Cummings held several positions with The Pillsbury Company in the U.S. As vice president of Finance for Pillsbury International, he had financial responsibility for a growing $1.2 billion international branded food business with operating companies in 16 countries. Cummings is chairman of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and is on the Boards of the African-America Institute, Africare and Clark Atlanta University. He has served on the Advisory Board of The African Presidential Archives & Research Center, The Corporate Council on Africa and The Center for Global Development's Commission on U.S. Policy Toward Low-Income Poorly Performing States (LIPPS). He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council.
Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.