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Vice President of Coca-Cola to Speak at Commencement


April 23, 2012



Mary M.G. Riddle, vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, will address the more than 250 graduates during Averett University's Commencement April 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the University's E. Stuart James Grant Athletic & Convocation Center. Riddle, a native of Java and the daughter of the late Colonel and Mrs. Stone Gregory Jr., also serves as the director of Flavor Ingredient Supply for Coca-Cola.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Riddle began her career at The Coca-Cola Company in 1970. She held several different positions within the company before she was named a buyer in flavor manufacturing operations and was later promoted to manager in the flavor purchasing department. In 1992, she was appointed assistant vice president of The Coca-Cola Company and in 1998 she was elected vice president by the board of directors. As director of flavor ingredient supply, Riddle manages the group responsible for the supply chain of more than 4,000 confidential ingredients used worldwide in the production of all The Coca-Cola Company's products.

Riddle, who was elected to the University's Board of Trustees in 1994, is currently serving as chair of the board.

In addition to serving on Averett's Board of Trustees, Riddle is active in her community. She has served as a hospital volunteer for a number of years, as a volunteer for the Visiting Nurses Association and at a local soup kitchen. She is also a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and a past board member of Dress for Success Atlanta.

Riddle also runs in marathons and sports 11 medals on her office wall. She has run six marathons and now competes in half-marathons.