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    Coke North America Under New Leadership

    Steve Heyer, COO of parent company, replaces Jeff Dunn

    ATLANTA -- The president of Coca-Cola's North American operations resigned yesterday after a two-decade career in which he rose to hold one of the beverage company's most important positions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

    Jeff Dunn, 46, a second-generation Coke leader, vacated a position at Coke North America, Coca-Cola's largest division, that will be filled by Steve Heyer, president and COO of The Coca-Cola Company.

    Doug Daft, CEO and chairman at The Coca-Cola Company, said in a memo to employees that Dunn was leaving "to pursue his own entrepreneurial goals outside the Coca-Cola Co.," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

    Daft praised Dunn for years of service and his work on the latest reorganization. "He has always shown tremendous dedication and commitment to our business," Daft said.

    Heyer will lead Coke North America through 2004, Daft said. Four key executives will report directly to Heyer, including Don Knauss, who runs the North American retail division, and Chris Lowe, who heads foodservice and hospitality, according to the news report.

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