Ahmet Muhtar Kent (born 1952) is a Turkish-American business executive. He is the chairman and former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. He was appointed to the position of chief executive officer of the company in 2008 and became chairman of the board in 2009.
In December 2016, Coca Cola announced that Kent would step down as CEO in May 2017, to be replaced by President and COO James Quincey. Kent continues as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Muhtar Kent was born in 1952 in New York City, where his father, Necdet Kent, was the consul-general of Turkey. After completing high school at Tarsus American College in Mersin, Turkey in 1971, Muhtar Kent went to the United Kingdom to study at the University of Hull. Subsequently, he earned his MBA degree at Cass Business School, London.
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