Turkish-American Muhtar Kent will become the CEO of the Coca-Cola Company on July 1, 2008. The announcement and his previous work with Coca-Cola are listed at the company’s official website.

Mr. Kent, as quoted in the newsletter of a Turkish group in Colorado, has said it is his “desire is to see more Turkish people at the top levels of International Organizations.”

I wish Mr. Kent used the word “qualified Turkish individuals” instead of “Turkish people.”

When I heard a few years back that Coca-Cola had lobbied the U.S. Congress in 2000 not to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide as such reportedly arguing that the affirmation would hurt American companies in Turkey, I was quite confused. I certainly hope Mr. Kent won’t use his position to advance an ultra-nationalist agenda.