Jones joined Coca-Cola in 1982 and has held roles of increasing responsibility around the company’s corporate giving and community outreach. She has served as chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation since 1991.
During her three-decade Coca-Cola career, Jones has led the transformation of the company’s philanthropic outreach, growing a U.S.-focused program into a global campaign, which now includes water stewardship, active healthy living, community recycling and education programs worldwide. Under Jones’ leadership, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $500 million to thousands of community organizations worldwide.
“Ingrid’s contributions to our company and to the communities we serve worldwide cannot be overstated,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta. “Simply put, she has been the heart and soul of Coca-Cola in the community for three decades. Her passion for serving and improving communities has made a profound difference in the world and taught us that we all possess the ability to transform the lives of others. We are deeply indebted to her incomparable legacy of service and we wish her all the best as she moves into the next phase of her life.”
Lisa Borders will succeed Jones as VP of global community connections and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation, effective May 1. Borders joins Coca-Cola after serving as president of the Grady Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Grady Health System, Georgia’s largest public hospital and Atlanta’s premier level I trauma center. Borders led the Greater Grady capital campaign, a five-year $325 million effort.
“I am excited to be joining a company that has played such a critical role in my hometown and around the world not only as a driver of economic growth but of social empowerment and philanthropic leadership,” said Borders. “I look forward to leading the work of The Coca-Cola Foundation and continuing its legacy of service to others.”
Borders has extensive experience leading a range of community-focused civic, philanthropic, business and political endeavors. She formerly served as president of the Atlanta City Council, vice mayor of Atlanta and co-chair of the transition team for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
“Lisa is an accomplished leader in all aspects of what we call the Golden Triangle—the partnership between civil society, business and government,” said Kent. “Her deep background in philanthropic giving, public service and corporate strategy brings to the company the right combination of experience to lead our global community outreach. We welcome Lisa to the Coca-Cola family and wish her the best of success in her new role.”
Borders will report to Bea Perez, VP and chief sustainability officer.
In the featured photo at top is Lisa Borders, left, and Ingrid Saunders Jones.