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A Liberian Born And Coca-Cola Chief Administrative Officer, Alexander B. Cummings Jr. Announces Retirement After More Than 18 Years of Committed Service

Alexander B. Cummings Jr.

ATLANTA, USA, DECEMBER 7, 2015- The Coca-Cola Company has announced the retirement of its long time Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Office Alexander B. Cummings Jr. The announcement was made on December 7, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, headquarter of the largest beverage company in the world.

According to the company official website, the Liberian born Chief Executive retirement will take effect on March 31, 2016.

Mr. Cummings joined The Coca-Cola Company in July, 1997 as its Deputy Regional Manager for the West African nation of Nigeria. Quickly, Mr. Cumming rose to become President of Coca-Cola’s Africa Group in 2001 and oversaw 56 countries until July, 2008 when he was named to his current position.

Speaking on His retirement, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, Muhtar Kent, praised Mr. Cummings for his distinguished service to the company.

“We thank Alex for his tireless service to growing and advancing our business in key markets around the world,” said Mr. Kent.  “Alex’s legacy will be as a leader who focused on growth and have made us more efficient and effective.  He also has a passion for our people and a vision for building sustainable communities as part of our local business.  We wish him well on his retirement.” The CEO concluded.
In a related development, the International business executive and Liberian philanthropist Mr. Alexander B. Cummings says as Liberia finds its bearing toward private sector development, human development and governance, it should focus on re-developing its middle class.

“…That is the ultimate test. A healthy, vibrant and hopeful middle class is the pulse of a successful society … a sign that it has broken free from its past. When there is a strong middle class … good things happen. The economy diversifies. Instability diminishes. Lives improve. Markets emerge.  And government is called to account by the expectations of an empowered people,” he said

Delivering the keynote address on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the annual gala of the Checago Bright Foundation in Clarksville, Maryland, Cummings expressed the belief that Liberia can aspire to regain its middle class like the rest of the world.

But, according to the successful private sector leader,” it is going to take a break with history”
At the gala which was attended by Liberians and friends of Liberia to support and raise funds for the Checago Bright Foundation which undertakes water, sanitation and health projects in Liberia, Cummings called for Liberians to dedicate part of their lives, comforts and remittances to the rebuilding of the country.

Turning to the issue of corruption, Cummings emphasized that “it is absolutely imperative that corruption is driven out of government, and driven out of the lives of Liberians.” Citing that there has been some improvement in the national life of the country, he however, strongly noted that “the scourge of corruption still infects the highest level of commerce and the smallest transaction daily in the public and private lives of our people.”

Amidst repeated applauses, Cummings who is also the outgoing Chief Administrative Officer, CAO, of one of the largest and most successful global companies Coca Cola, named Clarity, Cooperation and Conviction as three positive forces that can bring Liberia together.

Meanwhile, Mr. Cummings says that if Liberians desire to predict the future of their country, they must work in creating that future. He told Liberians at a town hall style meeting in Maryland, which he felt was a patriotic and moral duty help in the rebuilding of Liberia, given his success in the private sector in the Diaspora.
He says, he is consulting Liberians on how, together, solutions can be developed for the many issues Liberia is grappling with. Cummings spent about 90 minutes taking questions from Liberians on a wide range of topics including national security, health, agriculture and education. He spoke of the formation of his Cummings Africa Foundation which is positively impacting the lives of people in Liberia. He says he is committed to returning to Liberia to continue helping with the rebuilding process of His motherland.

The program was organized by the local Team Cummings for Liberia (TCL), a local grass-root organization which is courting Alex Cummings to consider taking on a future leadership role in Liberia.                                                             

NOTE: Contributions on this story was made possible by Emmanuel Abalo and Duannah Siryon with additional excerpts from the Coca-Cola website announcement.