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• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) said yesterday that its president/CEO, Leslie G. Sarasin, has been appointed to serve as the in-coming Washington, DC-chapter president for the International Women’s Forum (IWF), which is described as bringing together "women leaders across politics, business, law, government, medicine, industry technology, the arts and sciences, in order to learn from each other’s success, failures and bridge community."

• Coca-Cola announced a series of executive moves in the wake of the decision by Wendy Clark, its president of sparkling brands and strategic marketing in North America, to leave the company to become president/CEO of North America for DDB Worldwide.

According to a story in Advertising Age, "instead of filling her role as is, Coke has elected to create a new division called USA Operations that will oversee all U.S. beverages, including brand strategy, marketing and integrated content for all sparkling or carbonated and still brands, as well as retail sales and franchise leadership.

The USA division's president will be Hendrik Steckhan, a former president of Coke's German business who recently came to North America to serve as president of still beverages ... Meanwhile, Coke has named longtime employee Stuart Kronauge to lead brand marketing, where her responsibilities will include the Coca-Cola trademark, Sprite, Glaceau, water, tea and coffee. She is currently senior VP-customer marketing, which involves relationships with Coke retailers.

"Also taking on an expanded role is Ivan Pollard, who will lead strategic marketing, including content, connections, investments, assets and portfolio strategy and innovations."
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