The Coca-Cola Company has named Lori George Billingsley as chief diversity and inclusion officer, effective on Monday.
She is reporting to Jennifer Mann, SVP and chief people officer and chief of staff for Coca-Cola president and CEO James Quincey. George Billingsley is replacing Andrew Davis, who left Coca-Cola to serve as chief HR officer for home construction company Lennar, a Coca-Cola representative told PRWeek.
George Billingsley will lead the company’s global diversity and inclusion center of excellence, including the diversity, inclusion, and workplace fairness teams for North America, Mann wrote in an internal memo obtained by PRWeek.
Most recently, George Billingsley was Coca-Cola North America’s VP of community and stakeholder relations. She has been in that role since March, leading community giving and engagement, stakeholder relations and issues management, employee volunteerism, community board placements, and disaster relief.
She has also led the company’s 5by20 women’s initiative, which aims to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across Coca-Cola’s supply chain, according to Mann’s memo. George Billingsley has also served on Coca-Cola’s multicultural leadership committee since 2017.
She joined the company in 2002. Earlier in her career, George Billingsley was a VP at Porter Novelli in Washington, DC, and started her own consultancy, LG Communications.
Coca-Cola has not yet named her successor as Coca-Cola North America’s VP of community and stakeholder relations.
The company has more than 700,000 employees globally. In Q2, Coca-Cola beat analysts’ expectations for both revenue and earnings, despite its North America revenue falling by 1% in the period.