Eric Thompson - Finance Director of Coca-Cola Southern Africa Business Unit
Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson is the Finance Director of Coca-Cola South Africa. Eric joins the Southern African team after seven years as Finance Director for the Central, East and West Africa (CEWA) Business Unit, playing a vital leadership role in the strategic financial planning process, and steering the Business Unit toward achieving its financial targets.

Eric began his career at The Coca-Cola Company in 1989 as an accountant in the Controller's Group in Atlanta, joining the Company from Mellon Bank. Since then, Eric has built his career through a wide array of business and financial roles of increasing responsibility. In 1998, Eric moved to Europe to work for Coca-Cola Beverages as Head of Planning, Capital Management & Financial Analysis and then as Executive Assistant to the Eastern European Managing Director. After that, he was off to Prague to serve as Chief Financial Officer for Coca-Cola Hellenic in the Czech Republic. From 2003 to 2005, Eric returned to Atlanta to lead the Company's revenue growth management initiative and was subsequently appointed as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Odwalla Juice.

Eric holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Management and Public Policy from the Heinz School of Management and Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Towson University. He is a certified public accountant.

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