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Jim Reed

President, YKK Corporation of America, and

YKK Corporation Group Office

Robert Abernathy

Retired Chairman & CEO

Halyard Health

​David P. Abney (Director Emeritus)

Chairman & CEO
United Parcel Service

Paige Alexander

Chief Executive Officer

The Carter Center

Joseph Bankoff

Professor of Practice

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Georgia Institute of Technology

M. Brian Blake, Ph.D.

Georgia State University

W. Frank Blount

Chairman & CEO

JI Ventures

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman & CEO

Operation HOPE, Inc.

Asma Farid

Vice President and Managing Partner

Farids & Co. LLC

Steve Gundlach

President, Global Logistics & Distribution

UPS Supply Chain Solutions

Hua Li

Senior Vice President, Merchandising

The Home Depot

Eric J. Joiner

Vice Chairman

AJC International

Dennis Lockhart

Retired ​President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Samuel S. Olens



Allison Padilla-Goodman

Vice President, Southern Division

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Richard Phillips, Ph.D.

Robinson College of Business

Georgia State University

Jonathan “Rocky” Rief

Senior Director for Economic Policy and Fiscal Policy

The Coca-Cola Company

Jeffrey M. Salvatore


Deloitte LLP

Jagdish Sheth, Ph.D.

Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University; 
Founder and chairman of India, China, America Institute; Director, Wipro Ltd.

Bernard Taylor, Sr

​Arbitrator and Mediator, Judicial Arbitration Mediation Services (JAMS) and Retired Partner,

Alston & Bird

Clyde C. Tuggle

Pine Island Capital Partners

Former Senior Adviser to the CEO of The Coca-Cola Company

Rohit Verma

Chief Executive Officer

Crawford & Company


Kathleen Walters

Retired EVP and Group President, Consumer Products
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP

Chris Wood

Managing Director and Head of Syndicated & Leveraged Finance

Truist Securities

Meet the Chair

Jim Reed

President, YKK Corporation of America

On June 2022, Jim Reed was elected to serve as the sixth chair of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta’s board of directors.

Jim Reed joined YKK Corporation of America in January 2009 as Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel in 2013. During his tenure at YKK, he has been responsible for handling all legal and compliance matters and maintaining the legal health of the YKK companies in the North and Central America Region, which consists of three operating companies in the United States, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., YKK AP America Inc., and Tape Craft Corporation, as well as six operating companies in Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Colombia.

“Jim has a deep understanding of legal and compliance issues arising under U.S. law that affect YKK companies around the world,” said Alex Gregory, Chairman and CEO, YKK Corporation of America. “Over the past eight years, he has ensured that YKK remains an ethical and legally compliant organization. And after working closely with our business leaders from Canada to Colombia, Jim also has a firm grasp of our customers, myriad products, and exciting growth opportunities. Today’s challenging business environment requires strong, courageous leadership; I look forward to seeing YKK grow and improve under Jim’s enthusiastic and most capable guidance.”

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