Global Head of R&D
The Coca-Cola Company
Nancy Quan is the Global Research & Development Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Nancy is responsible for setting the Coca-Cola Company’s Global R&D vision, strategy and priorities. As the head of Global R&D, Nancy drives the agenda of all Regional R&D centers, leads the Corporate Research and Engineering functions and oversees the External Technology Assessment / Acquisition (ETA) function, through which Coca-Cola structures strategic partnerships with universities, key suppliers, research centers, technology start-ups, and others to source technologies and science for sustained competitive advantage.
Nancy started with The Coca-Cola Company in 2007 as R&D General Manager for Europe and Eurasia Group, based in Brussels, Belgium. Following this, she moved to the Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia where she took on the role of Vice President Innovation. Nancy then moved to Shanghai, China to take on the role of Vice President, R&D, Pacific Group. Her areas of responsibility included leading the R&D centers for the Pacific Region: the Global Innovation Technology Center located in Shanghai, the Japan R&D center, and the Development center in Delhi, India.
Nancy has extensive experience leading R&D and Innovation organizations around the world. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Nancy worked with Mars Incorporated and held leadership roles spanning across R&D, Business Development, and Manufacturing. Nancy’s career has been truly Global and Multicultural in nature; as she has built strong teams across a range of countries and cultures, including the US, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, China, Japan, India and Australia. Nancy is a graduate of Purdue University, with a dual major in the areas of Food Science and Nutrition.