Goizueta graduated from Auburn in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and speech. He is the retired vice president of The Coca-Cola Company and retired president of the global McDonald’s division. He led a worldwide organization responsible for building the strategic alliance with McDonald’s in more than 33,000 restaurants and more than 119 countries.
Goizueta joined the The Coca-Cola Company in September 2001 and served as vice president, Global Still Beverages Operations and Commercialization; vice president, Global New Business Models; and joined the Coca-Cola/McDonald’s Division in 2006 as leader of the U.S. business. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, he spent 20 years with Procter & Gamble, including nine years in their U.S. operations and 11 years in Latin America.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Goizueta is trilingual in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. In addition to his service on the Emory University Board of Trustees, Goizueta serves on the boards of the Goizueta Foundation and Woodruff Arts Center. He co-chairs the Woodruff Roundtable and is chair of the multiyear capital campaign of the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. He is also an adviser to the U.S. McDonald’s Hispanic Owner/Operator Association; adviser to Notre Dame University’s Institute for Latino Studies; and a member of Atlanta Downtown Rotary Club.
He is a member of the Auburn University Liberal Arts Dean’s Club and the 1856 Society.
He and his wife, Dolores, have three children, one of whom attends Auburn.