Coca-Cola’s Muhtar Kent elected to 3M board

Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co., will join the 3M board of directors, the company announced Wednesday.

“He is a talented and proven global business leader, and will bring valuable insight and management experience to the board and our company,” 3M Chairman Inge Thulin said in a statement on Kent’s selection.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based conglomerate’s products include Post-it notes, Scotch tape and other adhesives, abrasives, coatings and films. 3M has annual sales of $30 billion and has 88,000 employees worldwide, the company said.

Before assuming his current roles at Coca-Cola in 2009, Kent was president and chief executive officer and earlier president and chief operating officer.

The 60-year-old beverage company executive is co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the Business Roundtable, a past chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and chairman emeritus of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, an advocacy group for U.S. corporations within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. President Barack Obama recently named Kent as a member of the ASEAN Eminent Persons Group.

Kent will begin serving on the 3M board on April 1. He also serves on the boards of the Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Emory University.