Donald Keough, a longtime executive of The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, died Tuesday, Feb. 24 at age 88. Keough served as the company’s president from 1981 to 1993. After his tenure as president, Keough returned to the company in 2004 as a director and served on its advisory board through 2014.

Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Co., remembered the company’s longtime leader in personal note he shared on The Coca-Cola Co.’s website.

“Don’s mark will forever be on the company he loved and served,” Kent said. “He brought a steady hand to the wheel in challenging times, unmatched operating skill that strengthened and expanded the Coca-Cola system, and an expansive vision that helped make Coca-Cola a truly international brand.”

To read more of Kent’s remembrance of Keough visit Unbottled, the company’s blog page.