BUSINESS WIRE--Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE) announced today that John R. Parker, Jr. has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel, effective immediately. Mr. Parker succeeds John J. Culhane, who announced his intention to retire at the end of last year. Mr. Parker will continue to report to John F. Brock, chairman and chief executive officer. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for CCE.
“John Parker is a seasoned leader with a proven track record,” said Mr. Brock. “His legal experience and knowledge of our operations, as well as the complexities our business and system face, make him the ideal candidate for the role of General Counsel.”
“We would like to thank John Culhane who provided significant legal expertise and played an integral role in the Coca-Cola system over the last 22 years,” said Mr. Brock. “His leadership and counsel were fundamental during major system events, including the formation of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) in 2000.”
Mr. Parker, 56, has 21-years experience in the Coca-Cola system and has previously served as General Counsel to Coca-Cola Enterprises and CCE’s Europe Group. In his most recent position, Mr. Parker oversaw the implementation of key business transformation initiatives and the development of the company’s Global Operating Framework. Prior to that, Mr. Parker served as Vice President and General Manager of CCE’s West Central Region. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel for CCE. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Parker was Division Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company’s Nordic and Northern Eurasia Division and General Counsel for CCE’s Europe Group. He began his career within the system as legal counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in 1987, until he became Vice President and General Counsel of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York in 1992.
Mr. Parker is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia and the Bar of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Parker will continue to oversee the Strategic Initiatives team until a successor is named.