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Robert Cornella

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Cornella is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, serving as a member of the Operating Committee and reporting to Chief Executive Officer Nick Mehall. Robert (Rob) is responsible for the company’s financial performance, funding, governance and risk management. 

With more than 25 years of finance and mergers and acquisition (M&A) leadership experience in blue-chip companies Rob also has commercial, corporate finance, strategy and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) skills gained in large divisions of Fortune 100 and Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 250-size companies.  

Rob began his career with Ernst & Young rotating through several international and domestic management roles. In late 2004, he joined The Coca-Cola Company in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, becoming responsible for Coca-Cola’s European strategic M&A activities, including architecting and leading several large-scale consolidations of global beverage distribution and bottling companies. He then progressed into increasingly complex international divisional CFO roles in both public and private companies. Most recently, Rob was Group CFO of Costa Coffee, the world’s second largest multi-channel coffee chain. 

Originally from the NYC metro area, Rob holds a BSBA from the University of Florida with concentrations in finance and economics. He earned a Master of Business Administration, graduating magna cum laude, from the University of Florida/EM LYON Business School. He also holds a master’s degree in Financial Strategy, graduating with distinction, from Oxford University in the UK. He completed the Executive Development Program at UPenn’s The Wharton School and is a Certified Management Accountant. 

Rob and his wife Carly reside in Atlanta. They enjoy travel, wine, cooking, alpine hiking, and anywhere with sun and a beach. Rob’s family background is northern Italian and he has lived in six countries outside of the U.S. (Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, UK) and has a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and languages.