Coca-Cola Names Ms. Johnnie Booker Director of Supplier Diversity

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Coca-Cola North America

    ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ms. Johnnie B. Booker, a recognized
 expert in the field of diversity and affirmative action, has joined Coca-Cola
 North America as Director, Supplier Diversity.  In this role, Booker will
 focus on developing and implementing The Coca-Cola Company's (NYSE:   KO) U.S.-
 based supplier diversity strategic framework and work directly with business
 unit leaders to develop strategies to deliver on their minority and women-
 owned supplier spending goals.  She also will be charged with creating and
 executing a broad company-wide vendor communications strategy.
     "Johnnie brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing
 supplier diversity initiatives," said Cece Webster, vice president, Strategic
 Procurement for Coca-Cola North America.  "Johnnie and her team will be
 working with each business unit leader to develop and implement strategies to
 deliver on the five-year $800 million Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
 Initiative."
     Prior to joining the Company, Booker worked as a consultant for a number
 of national agencies and corporations, helping them develop supplier diversity
 initiatives and programs.  She also served in the federal government at the
 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as director, Office of Equal
 Opportunity and vice president, Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC).  In her
 RTC role, she created unprecedented contracting and investor opportunities for
 minority and women-owned businesses; planned, developed and managed
 supplier/vendor diversity and outreach programs; and was principal advisor to
 the corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer.
     While at RTC, she also commissioned the first diversity/disparity study by
 a federal agency and increased contracting fees for minority and women-owned
 businesses from 18 percent to over 48 percent.
     Before joining the FDIC, Booker worked for the U. S. Department of Housing
 and Urban Development as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Operations.  While
 there, she established a new office of affirmative action and equal
 opportunity and successfully revamped the Department's fragmented approach to
 complaint processing and affirmative action employment programs.
     "I am extremely excited to be joining Coca-Cola North America," Booker
 said.  "I am confident that this opportunity will result in major diversity
 accomplishments for The Coca-Cola Company and the communities it serves."
     Booker's appointment coincides with the introduction of a new,
 consolidated supplier diversity procurement process.  Potential suppliers can
 now complete one simple application/certification form that will be utilized
 by Coca-Cola North America, The Minute Maid Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises.
 Booker received her Masters of Social Work Degree from Atlanta University and
 a Bachelors Degree from Hampton University.  Among her many professional
 affiliations are membership in the American Society for Public Administration,
 Women of Washington and Women in Housing and Finance.  A native of Fort
 Valley, Georgia, Booker has a son, S. Courtney Booker.
 
 

SOURCE Coca-Cola North America
    ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ms. Johnnie B. Booker, a recognized
 expert in the field of diversity and affirmative action, has joined Coca-Cola
 North America as Director, Supplier Diversity.  In this role, Booker will
 focus on developing and implementing The Coca-Cola Company's (NYSE:   KO) U.S.-
 based supplier diversity strategic framework and work directly with business
 unit leaders to develop strategies to deliver on their minority and women-
 owned supplier spending goals.  She also will be charged with creating and
 executing a broad company-wide vendor communications strategy.
     "Johnnie brings a wealth of experience in developing and implementing
 supplier diversity initiatives," said Cece Webster, vice president, Strategic
 Procurement for Coca-Cola North America.  "Johnnie and her team will be
 working with each business unit leader to develop and implement strategies to
 deliver on the five-year $800 million Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
 Initiative."
     Prior to joining the Company, Booker worked as a consultant for a number
 of national agencies and corporations, helping them develop supplier diversity
 initiatives and programs.  She also served in the federal government at the
 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as director, Office of Equal
 Opportunity and vice president, Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC).  In her
 RTC role, she created unprecedented contracting and investor opportunities for
 minority and women-owned businesses; planned, developed and managed
 supplier/vendor diversity and outreach programs; and was principal advisor to
 the corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer.
     While at RTC, she also commissioned the first diversity/disparity study by
 a federal agency and increased contracting fees for minority and women-owned
 businesses from 18 percent to over 48 percent.
     Before joining the FDIC, Booker worked for the U. S. Department of Housing
 and Urban Development as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Operations.  While
 there, she established a new office of affirmative action and equal
 opportunity and successfully revamped the Department's fragmented approach to
 complaint processing and affirmative action employment programs.
     "I am extremely excited to be joining Coca-Cola North America," Booker
 said.  "I am confident that this opportunity will result in major diversity
 accomplishments for The Coca-Cola Company and the communities it serves."
     Booker's appointment coincides with the introduction of a new,
 consolidated supplier diversity procurement process.  Potential suppliers can
 now complete one simple application/certification form that will be utilized
 by Coca-Cola North America, The Minute Maid Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises.
 Booker received her Masters of Social Work Degree from Atlanta University and
 a Bachelors Degree from Hampton University.  Among her many professional
 affiliations are membership in the American Society for Public Administration,
 Women of Washington and Women in Housing and Finance.  A native of Fort
 Valley, Georgia, Booker has a son, S. Courtney Booker.
 
 SOURCE  Coca-Cola North America