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Chief Procurement Officer Appointment

Suzana Keller has been named Chief Procurement Officer for Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services Company (CCBSS) effective March 4, 2019 reporting to Brandi Shortt, CCBSS President and CEO. Suzana will have further accountability to the Bottler Procurement Advisory Committee and the CCBSS Board of Directors.

In her role, Suzana will lead the CCBSS Procurement organization and be responsible for ensuring the function’s goal attainment. She will collaborate with leaders across the North American Coca-Cola bottling system, Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) and suppliers in order to serve the organization’s customers in the areas of value creation, risk mitigation and delivering a competitive advantage.

Suzana brings a wide range of expertise and business acumen to CCBSS. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Supply Chain for EIS Inc., a subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, directing North American supply chain and procurement initiatives beginning in 2017. Prior to EIS, from 2016 – 2017, she served as HD Supply’s Head of Manufacturing and Distribution Operations Transformation. From 2015 – 2016, before joining HD Supply, Suzana worked as the Strategy & Transformation Lead for CSM Bakery Solutions.

Suzana also has an extensive Coca-Cola System background. She completed a ten-year tenure with the System beginning in 2005, securing positions of increasing responsibility primarily focused on strategy development with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR). She led the newly created National Supply Planning Center of Excellence with CCR, and was the Market Unit Vice President, Field Operations, for CCR’s Arizona and New Mexico Market Unit.

With more than 20 years of operations, procurement and supply chain leadership experience, Suzana is widely recognized for her extensive knowledge and capability in the areas of organizational transformation, proficiency building and integration initiatives. Her appointment represents the company’s deliberate focus on being easier with which to do business. Suzana believes in developing and maintaining operational partnerships which generate significant value and sustained success. Suzana started her career in Big 4 consulting with 8 years of experience at KPMG and Ernst & Young. She received an Executive MBA from Emory University and holds a BS in Information Systems & Decision Science from Louisiana State University.

2019 Annual CCBSS Supplier Summit

Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services Company, LLC (CCBSS) recently hosted its third annual Supplier Summit on February 11, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. This symposium is designed to celebrate the successes of the company’s most valued suppliers. The Supplier Summit brought together 59 suppliers, CCBSS team members and numerous Coca-Cola system executives to discuss various ways to strength partnerships, improve communications and better define scope.

The event began with celebrating successes against the three key deliverables issued during the 2017 CCBSS Supplier Summit: Cost of Entry, Mitigate Risk and Create Shared Value. Attendees then had an opportunity to ideate solutions aimed at making it easier to do business with the North American Coca-Cola system as it endeavors to be a ‘Customer of Choice’ to suppliers. Interactive workshops and networking sessions were held to help facilitate this objective. The 2019 Supplier Summit concluded with an exciting awards ceremony.

Congratulations again to the award winners listed below:

Supplier of the Year

Westrock

Breakthrough Year

Ball and Unifirst

Performance Excellence

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), CKS Packaging and HB Fuller