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Coca-Cola executive to speak at Liberian-American Townhall in Minnesota


Friday, September 11, 2015
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Coca-Cola executive, Alexander B. Cummings, Jr. will tomorrow (Saturday, September 12) participate in “Community Conversation” and engage Liberians in Minnesota in a Town Hall style meeting at the United Methodist Church in the City of Brooklyn Center (located between Brooklyn Boulevard and Noble).

The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Cummings is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of The Coca-Cola Company. He was born in Liberia.

The session, which will highlight a variety of issues and challenges facing Liberia, will be moderated by well known Liberian-American media personality, Al-Jerome Chede.

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.

According to Coca-Cola, Cummings currently serves on the boards of C.A.R.E. and Clark Atlanta University. He also is a board member of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, a publicly traded bottler of The Coca-Cola Company (NASDAQ). He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

In addition, Mr. Cummings has previously served on the following boards; The African Presidential Archives & Research Center, Corporate Council on Africa, African-America Institute, Africare, and the following bottling partner entities of The Coca-Cola Company: Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, Coca-Cola Sabco (Pty.) Ltd., Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt.

Mr. Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.

Cummings currently serves on the boards of C.A.R.E. and Clark Atlanta University. He also is a board member of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, a publicly traded bottler of The Coca-Cola Company (NASDAQ). He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Cummings held several positions with The Pillsbury Company in the U.S. In his last role 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.

Mr. Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.

Organizers said the purpose of the Cummings town hall is to bring the community together and “engage one of the world leading business executive on how we can make Liberia a “developing nation” compete in the 21st century.”

Community Conversation with Alexander Cummings, Executive Vice President and
Chief Administrative Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Date: Saturday, September 12 5:00Pm-9:00PM
Location: Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 7200 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Admission: Free
Refreshments will be served.

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president ofВ  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul.Tom also serves in the board of directors of the Minnesota International Center (MIC), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa.

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