There’s one smiling face that will be missed at a host of events around Atlanta, and even around the country. It’s that of Coca-Cola Company’s senior vice president of Global Community Connections and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation – Ingrid Saunders Jones. The distinguished executive and active member of the community announced she is retiring after 30 years, effective June 1.
Since 1982, Jones has played a role with increasing responsibilities around the Company’s corporate giving and community outreach initiatives. From water stewardship and active healthy living to recycling and education, Jones has been a driving force behind the soft drink giant’s domestic and global campaign.
“Over the past 30 years, I have been grateful to work for a company that commits the talent and time of its employees and its philanthropic dollars to issues and organizations that empower and enhance the lives of others,” says Jones, who oversaw the Coca-Cola Foundation’s awarding of more than $500 million to thousands of community organizations worldwide. “I’m proud of the work of the Foundation and believe deeply in the people and communities we’ve served around the world. I am fortunate to have worked with extraordinary leaders, community supporters and caring and committed associates.”
Lisa M. Borders, the president of the Gray Health Foundation and former Atlanta City Council president, is Jones’ successor. She will assume the position on May 1. –yvette caslin