When Andre Davis was 12 years old and living in Spanish Town, Jamaica, a Coca-Cola in a classic glass bottle was a special treat on a hot day. But the company that made Coke was a world away. No one could have convinced him that, one day, he’d be so closely connected to the famous company. Today, one of Davis’ favorite childhood treats is a large part of his life.
As the global chief diversity and inclusion officer of The Coca-Cola Company, he is tasked with the responsibility of creating an environment that promotes fairness, respect and appreciation of the similarities and differences within the company. With humble beginnings in the food service industry, he prepared for this position by gaining an understanding that every role, no matter the level, matters. Here, Davis shares his journey and the experiences that have shaped him.