Coke’s leading marketing executive in North America is retiring

Dive Brief:

  • The Coca-Cola Company’s highest ranking marketing official in North America, Geoff Cottrill — who has been SVP of strategic marketing since 2018 — is retiring on June 1, Ad Age reported, citing an internal memo.
  • The company has not announced a replacement, a spokesperson told Ad Age. Alpa Sutaria, VP of strategy and planning in North America, will oversee marketing in the region while the search is underway, the memo read.
  • Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Cottrill worked as president of MullenLowe Boston. He also previously served as CMO of Converse and a VP of global marketing at
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Japan’s leading companies worry about prolonged state of emergency

TOKYO — Top executives at Japan’s leading companies are concerned about the impact of a long shutdown due to the novel coronavirus to the continuity of their business, according to a Nikkei survey conducted last week, after the Japanese government declared a state of emergency.

The emergency declaration covers seven prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, and runs through May 6. Local authorities have asked people to avoid going out and have placed restrictions on some business activity. The emergency may be extended, depending on the trends in infections, potentially dealing a heavy blow to business.

The survey of 129 company

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