Kathryn “Kat” Laird

Kathryn “Kat” Laird
Vice President Field Operations
Coca-Cola Refreshments

Kat Laird is the market unit vice president of field operations with Coca-Cola Refreshments. She is responsible for a 40 million case geography covering portions 6 states with 8 distribution centers. She oversees all distribution and warehouse operations and has approximately 600 associates reporting up through her organization.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Kat spent nearly 16 years with FedEx Ground. While employed with FXG, she held various roles which included quality, sales, senior manager & hub senior distribution manager. During Kat’s tenure, she developed & implemented the Company’s first Winter Olympic Delivery Plan (2002) in the US. She also received several accolades for her contributions which included Senior Manager of the Year, Human Resource Facility of the Year, as well as Best in Class for Safety, Service & Engineering.

Kat began her career with Coca-Cola in 2005. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mississippi in 1987.

She also actively engages in several community service organizations in the Memphis, TN area, including Junior Achievement, Special Olympics, and the Boys & Girls Club. Kat is also involved in the Women’s Foodservice Forum, as well as several CCR diversity groups including being the lead for the Women’s Business Resource Group for her market unit.