The Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca Cola International, Mr. Alexander Cummings, has disclosed that Liberians, both at home and in the Diaspora, have petitioned him to run for the office of President of Liberia.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at its new headquarters in Paynesville, Mr. Cummings said he had received the petitions, but insisted that as vice head of a premier multilateral corporation, he could not seek political office now.
Mr. Cummings did not, however, rule out the possibility that he may in the near future give consideration to those petitions.
Should he decide to run for any political office, Mr. Cummings said he would have to resign, “but for now I am still an employee of Coca Cola.”
In recent months, both at home and abroad, the name of Mr. Cummings continues to come up as one of those expected to make the line up for the 2017 political marathon to Capitol Hill.
A 1973 graduate of the College of West Africa (CWA), Mr. Cummings did one and half semesters at Cuttington University College, (now Cuttington University) before leaving for further studies in the United States.
After successfully completing his studies, Cummings started work for corporate America, becoming a Senior Financial Officer at Pillsbury, a flour manufacturer in Minnesota, and slowly climbed the corporate ladder, becoming vice president for Finance. He later joined Coca Cola International in Atlanta, Georgia, where he rose to the post of Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Coca Cola International.
Many political commentators both in the Executive and Legislative Branches of government have hinted to our Legislative Reporter that Mr. Cummings who has now reached his zenith in the international corporate business world, may likely be a candidate for the Executive Mansion.
Mr. Cummings was in Liberia last August during the height of the Ebola virus epidemic to assure President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Liberian government that despite the crisis, Coca Cola International had decided to maintain its current staff, and even continued expanding its operations. True to that pledge, he returned home this week to open a new bottling facility at the Coca Cola plant in Paynesville.
In addition, he also led President Sirleaf to Duport Road to open a new Science and Technical School he has founded which will teach students starting from seventh grade in Computer Technology and Science. The school intends to attract the best and brightest students, purely on the basis of meritocracy.