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Emory's Board of Trustees elects new members

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Sarah Beth Brown and Edward Jenner Wood III, the newest members of Emory’s Board of Trustees.

Emory University’s Board of Trustees has elected two new members: Sarah Beth Brown, global customer director of The Coca-Cola Company; and Edward Jenner Wood III, chair of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. 

Brown, who joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1989, is responsible for supporting the company’s ongoing partnership and business growth with U.S.-based foodservice and on-premise customers doing business and expanding internationally.

She has held a variety of roles at the company in sales and sales management with a focus on capability building and strategic planning. In 1996, she relocated to the company’s headquarters in Atlanta. 

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Brown was in medical equipment sales with Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Laboratories in Houston, Texas.

Brown holds a bachelor of science degree in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and received an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School in 1989.

Brown serves on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, Georgia Tech Parents Board, Goizueta Business School Dean Advisory Board, and Piedmont Healthcare Foundation Board. She served as a charter member of the Parent Development Board of Auburn University. She also is a trustee of The John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation.

Wood serves as a director of Genuine Parts Company, Southern Company, and Oxford Industries, and is a former director of Crawford & Company. He spent his entire career with SunTrust Bank, serving in various corporate executive positions from 1975 to 2017.

His civic responsibilities include the Jesse Parker Williams Foundation, Sartain Lanier Foundation, and Episcopal High School. Wood served as chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in 2016. He also formerly served as a trustee of the Camp Younts Foundation, Pitts Foundation, SunTrust Foundation, Inc., Agnes Scott College, Atlanta Speech School, Trinity School, Visiting Nurse Health System, and Piedmont Healthcare System. 

Wood holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Georgia State University.

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