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Coca-Cola Names Alan Boehme CTO, Replacing Jim Scholefield

July 3, 2015
Consumer Packaged Goods

Coca-Cola Co. on Thursday named Alan Boehme as its next chief technology officer. He succeeds Jim Scholefield, who left the company last month to become CIO at sportswear giant Nike Inc.

Mr. Boehme has led Coke’s enterprise architecture, innovation and emerging technologies for the past four years. During that time, he has guided the company’s strategy “to arm Coca-Cola for the future, including new platforms, cloud-based solutions and an aggressive yet flexible approach to enterprise security to position our company for growth,” according to a memo from CIO Ed Steinike, reviewed by CIO Journal.

In his new role, Mr. Boehme “will continue to work with our leaders to strengthen operations, and to ensure service management becomes part of our everyday DNA in Global IT,” the memo said. He will retain leadership over the enterprise architecture teams and will oversee service management design and implementation groups previously led by Mr. Scholefield.

At a security conference in March, Mr. Boehme said Coke is experimenting with a new approach to security that makes use of software virtualization. Called a software defined perimeter, the technology addresses the fluid edge of the network in an era of mobile devices, cloud and Internet-connected objects, CIO Journal reported.

“If you look at what the challenges are in corporations today; it’s agility, speed to market,” he said at the time. “We’re moving more and more things into the cloud, every corporation is.” Mr. Boehme said he wanted to securely enable business as Coke moves to software as a service and platform as a service.

Prior to joining Coke, Mr. Boehme held positions at ING Groep NV, General Electric Co.’s power systems unit, Juniper Networks Inc. and Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit.

Separately, Susan Ericksen is now at Coke as managing director for global IT operations, a Coke spokesman said. She reports to Mr. Boehme.

Mr. Scholefield, Coke’s former CTO, moved to Nike in June after nearly five years at the beverage giant. While there, he oversaw initiatives including data center migration, Microsoft cloud email and cloud services deployment.

By Steven Norton

Source: Wall Street Journal



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