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Donald R. Keough

Donald R. KeoughDonald R. Keough is chairman of the board of Allen & Company Inc., a New York investment-banking firm. He was elected to that position on April 15, 1993.

Keough retired as president, chief operating officer, and director of the Coca-Cola Company in April 1993, and at that time, was appointed advisor to the board.

His tenure with Coca-Cola dates back to 1950. He held various key positions prior to being named president of the company's Foods Division in 1971. Subsequently, he held the office of president of Coca-Cola USA and was later given responsibility for the company's business in North and South America. He added the titles of chief of operating officer and director in 1981.

From 1986 to 1993, he served as chairman of the board of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., the world's largest bottling system, and chairman of Columbia Pictures Inc. from 1985 to 1989, when it was sold to Savoy Inc.

Keough served on the boards of the Washington Post Company, McDonald's Corporation, USA Networks Inc., YankeeNets LLC, and Convera. He is a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame and a trustee of several other educational institutions. He also serves on the boards of a number of national charitable and civic organizations.

He has received various honors in his career including honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame; his alma mater Creighton University; Emory University; Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland; and Clarke University. The University of Notre Dame's highest honor, the Laetare Medal, was presented to him in May 1993. He received the Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award in 2001.