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MC School of Business Welcomes Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO

October 6, 2008

Mississippi College's School of Business will welcome Coca-Cola Enterprises Chairman and CEO John Brock, who will speak on the Clinton campus Thursday Oct. 9.

A Moss Point native and son of two MC graduates, Brock is the leader of the Atlanta-based company that is the world's largest marketer, producer and distributor of Coca-Cola products.

His address at Self Hall to MC business students is a key part of the MC School of Business Executive Lecture Series. His talk will be followed by an invitation only luncheon, for alumni and community business leaders.

"Mr. Brock is such an accomplished business leader and executive, and we are truly honored by his willingness to visit the School of Business," said Marcelo Eduardo, the MC business dean. "Hearing his insights into the outlook for the economy, for his industry, and for Coca-Cola Enterprises' role as a good corporate citizen will be an outstanding opportunity for our students."

In April 2006, Brock joined Coca-Cola Enterprises, which sells approximately 80 percent of The Coca-Cola Company's bottle and can volume in North America, and was named chairman of the company in April 2008. Coca-Cola Enterprises operates in 46 U.S. states and Canada, and is the sole licensed bottler for Coca-Cola products in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco and the Netherlands. The company operates in 46 states and Canada.

Before coming to Coca-Cola Enterprises, Brock in 2003 was named CEO of Interbrew headquartered in Belgium. In 2004, Brock and his team orchestrated the merger of Interbrew and AmBev to form InBev, the largest brewer in the world by volume. He was named the company's first CEO.

In March 2000, he served as chief operating officer of Cadbury Schweppes and chairman of Dr. Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group's Board of Directors. Later that year, he was named "Beverage Industry's" Executive of the Year.

His ties to Mississippi College run deep. His parents, John Brock and Anise McDaniel Brock, now deceased, graduated from MC in 1943. His grandparents were longtime MC supporters who lived in Clinton. His grandmother was honored at MC Homecoming ceremonies several years ago. The Gulf Coast native was well-received when he spoke at MC commencement a few years back.

Brock also serves as Chairman of the Americas for the International Business Leaders Forum. He earned a bachelor's degree and master's, both in chemical engineering, from Georgia Tech and upon graduation went to work at Procter & Gamble. A member of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board, he and his wife, Mary, have three children, Rebecca, John and Major Brock.

Brock is the second in a series of notable speakers visiting the MC School of Business this fall. Recently, Jim Coggin, retired chief administrative officer of Saks, Inc., delivered a lecture to business students on the Clinton campus.