During a distinguished 24-year career at Coca-Cola, Ben held a number of senior legal roles, both domestic and international, and was a member of executive leadership teams that managed Coca-Cola’s business in over 200 countries. Most recently, he was General Counsel, International, overseeing legal operations for the Europe, Middle East & Africa, Latin America, and Asia Pacific operating groups. Prior to that, Ben served as General Counsel, North America Group; Chief Legal Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments Inc.; Associate General Counsel, Bottling Investments Group; and Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Employment. Earlier in his career, he held roles on the Litigation, UK and North America legal teams. Ben made major contributions to the growth and success of the company, including protecting its reputation and treasure from the most serious threats, strengthening corporate governance, ethics and compliance, and building and mentoring a diverse and promising pipeline of legal talent.
Before joining Coca-Cola, Ben was a litigation associate with the law firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Baker & Botts in New York. He holds a BS from Clemson University and a JD from the University of South Carolina. Ben is a member of the Bars of Georgia, New York and South Carolina. He is often asked to speak on topics ranging from global legal and regulatory developments, international arbitration, and criminal justice reform to corporate law department management, diversity in the legal profession, and managing relationships with corporate clients.
Ben currently serves on the Boards of the National CASA/GAL Association for Children, the Georgia Legal Services Foundation and Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. He is also member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017 and the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Council. Ben is widely recognized for his commitment to pro bono legal representation for the under-served, civil legal aid and community service
Ben is active at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Michele and daughter Caroline.