Matthew T. Echols

Senior Vice President – Coca-Cola North America Public Affairs and Communications @ The Coca-Cola Company

Matthew T. Echols, Member, Meridian Board of Trustees

In this capacity, Matt leads the Company’s extensive U.S. federal government and international diplomatic community relations; manages the Company’s involvement in key public policy organizations; and heads the Company’s corporate offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City. As a senior public policy strategist, he works at the intersection of domestic and global public policy issues. His public policy expertise includes global health, sustainability, tax and trade and international affairs.

Prior to this assignment, Matt led the Company’s U.S. State Government Relations team and its engagement in ballot initiatives and integrated issue campaigns across the United States. He also worked directly with franchise bottling partners in almost every U.S. state capital on public policy issues impacting the Coca-Cola business system’s brands, customers and manufacturing facilities.

Since joining Coca-Cola in 1998, Matt has represented the Company on five continents, across many different countries. He works regularly with international teams to evaluate and lead strategy on complex public affairs issues; achieve alignment on positioning; and effectively communicate with stakeholders. Previously, he worked as a trusted legislative aide for U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Representative Jack Kingston.

Currently, Matt serves in leadership roles on a range of high level business, foreign policy and public policy boards including the Meridian International Center’s Board of Trustees, the Board of the Business Council for International Understanding, the Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and on the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also represents the Company before the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic International Studies, the Brookings Institution, the Wilson Center and the Washington Economic Club. In 2010, he was appointed by then-Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Board of the Georgia Public Broadcasting Commission.

Matt holds a Master’s degree from John Hopkins University’s Carey Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of West Georgia. He has also completed the Strategic Leadership Program at Oxford University’s Said Business School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Abby and their three children.