Ana Botín in the Coca-Cola Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company has elected Ana Botín (pictured above) as a Director of the Company, effective immediately. It was announced Thursday, July 18.

Botín, 52, is CEO of Santander UK plc, one of Britain’s leading personal financial services companies and a subsidiary of the Santander Group, the largest bank in the Eurozone.

An internationally recognized leader in the banking industry, Botín has led corporate and investment strategies at JP Morgan in New York, established and headed Santander’s International Corporate Banking business in Latin America, and served as the executive chairman of Spain’s Banco Español de Crédito, S.A.

She also brings internet technology experience, having partnered with internet entrepreneurs in an IT consultancy firm which she grew and sold to Indra, the leading global technology company in Spain.

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“Ana brings an international perspective and a high level of financial expertise to our Company,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company. “Her knowledge of global macroeconomic issues, experience as an entrepreneur and commitment to sustainable communities will be invaluable as we continue to grow and develop our business around the world.”

Botín is a former member of Georgetown University’s Board and currently a Trustee of The Mayor’s Fund for London, which addresses child poverty through education initiatives.

Named the BBC’s third most powerful woman in Britain earlier this year, Botín earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and attended Harvard University.

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Rakesh Raman