The Coca-Cola Company to Receive Inaugural 'Brand Icon' Award at 2013 CLIO Awards

  The Coca-Cola Company to Receive Inaugural 'Brand Icon' Award at 2013 CLIO

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PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 18, 2013

NEW YORK, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The CLIO Awards, among the world's
most recognized international advertising, design and communications
competitions, today announced The Coca-Cola Company as this year's inaugural
Brand Icon Award recipient, recognized for continuous and exceptional creative
execution over the years. Pio Schunker, Head of Integrated Marketing
Communications, will accept the award for Coca-Cola North America Group at the
54^thannual CLIO Awards ceremony, taking place on May 15^th at the Museum of
Natural History in New York City.

The Brand Icon Award, a new annual honor from the CLIO Awards, distinguishes
one brand that has transcended the product or service it provides to become a
permanent fixture in popular culture. Each recipient is chosen for elevating
its brand to icon status among its peers, industry experts and consumers.

"As one of the most beloved, enduring and valuable brands in history,
Coca-Cola continues to set the gold standard for out-of-the-box creative
thinking. No one is more deserving of this honor," said Nicole Purcell,
executive director, CLIO Awards. "From helping shape the modern image of Santa
Claus to teaching the world the words to 'I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke,'
Coca-Cola's advertising continues to keep its brand extraordinarily fresh
while reminding every generation of the joy of the simple things in life."

The May award coincidentally falls near Coca-Cola's 127^th anniversary, when
pharmacist and chemist John Pemberton introduced his first Coca-Cola drink at
the soda fountain in Atlanta's Jacobs' Pharmacy. Considered the quintessential
American brand, Coca-Cola has always been a trailblazer, from supporting the
Olympics since the 1928 games in Amsterdam to being the first to offer free
coupons for its signature beverage in 1988. Now, with over 60 million Facebook
fans, the Company is paving the way in digital too.

The Coca-Cola Company was among the first global companies to create a
department (120 strong) to focus solely on creativity in all of its forms, and
as a result boasts a heritage including some of the most enduring brand icons,
such as the contour bottle, introduced in 1915, and the famous red suited
Coca-Cola Santa Claus, created in 1931. Coca-Cola's polar bear and the
Happiness Factory are two other recent icons joining the legacy.

"We are extremely humbled that Coca-Cola is the first-ever recipient of the
Brand Icon Award. We always have believed that creativity lies at the very
core of our business and helps drive it forward —something that we share
closely with CLIO," said Schunker, SVP, Integrated Marketing Communications,
Coca-Cola North America Group. "We constantly seek new and innovative ways to
harness the power of creativity, imagination and passion to drive our business
forward and connect with the people who love our brands."

Coca-Cola relies on this creativity and the Company's personal, simple style
to keep its brand not only relevant, but iconic. While some strive to
continuously update their image, Coca-Cola again has separated itself by
staying true to its roots and positioning itself as one of life's simple
pleasures through its "Open Happiness" campaign.

"What truly connects us with our fans and is three simple words – 'Coke Brings
Joy', and this brand ethos is reflected in everything we do", Schunker
continued. "When we talk about Coca-Cola, everything is filtered through the
brand's core values of happiness, refreshment, optimism, fun, simply moments
of pleasure, authenticity, coming together and uplift. Our message and our
values are relevant to people who have loved Coke for years and new fans who
may enjoy their very first Coke today."

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Our mission is to honor the groundbreaking work and talent that push the
boundaries of creativity.

Everything we do is fueled by our passion for celebrating the power of
creativity, provoking action and nurturing your vision. As the standard bearer
for visionary communications, we award those creators whose work exemplifies
inventive thinking. Celebrating Inspiration. Honoring Imagination. Fostering
Creativity. This is the very essence of the CLIO Awards.

About The CLIO Awards
The CLIO Awards is one of the world's most recognized awards competitions for
advertising, design and communications. The CLIO Awards has maintained its
original commitment to celebrate and reward creative excellence, honoring a
powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture. At the same
time, the CLIO Awards remains focused on evolving with the industry in order
to acknowledge the most current, breakthrough work. To this day, CLIO's iconic
statue is the most widely recognized and coveted symbol of the industry's
creative accomplishments.

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