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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

Arlette Guthrie

Vice President, Human Resources

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

Jim Reed

President, YKK Corporation of America, and

YKK Corporation Group Officer

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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.

​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


Bernard Taylor, Sr

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

Alston & Bird

Meet the Chair

Bernard Taylor, Sr.

Arbitrator and Mediator at Judicial Arbitration Mediation Services (JAMS) and Retired Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP.

On June 24, 2020, Bernard Taylor, Sr. was elected to serve as the fifth chair of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta’s board of directors.

Bernard Taylor was a partner at Alston & Bird LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Product Liability Group and former chair of the firm's Management Committee. With over 30 years of trial experience, Mr. Taylor is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and concentrated his practice on complex commercial litigation, products liability, and pharmaceutical and toxic tort lawsuits. Mr. Taylor has led national trial teams for several Fortune 500 corporations. He was the lead trial lawyer representing Flexible Products Company in the isocyanate toxic tort litigation involving 1,600 plaintiffs in Alabama State Court, 20,000 plaintiffs in Federal Court and a putative class action in West Virginia. He was also the lead trial lawyer representing Louisiana Pacific Corporation in mass tort litigation involving 1,400 plaintiffs in Alabama Federal Court. Mr. Taylor also co-led the National Coordinating Counsel Team for Charter Medical Corporation wherein he coordinated the defense of litigation pending in over 30 states.

Mr. Taylor is a regular participant in CLE programs relating to commercial litigation, mass tort, products liability and trial practice techniques. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (JD, 1982) and Wayne State University (BA, 1979).

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