NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- A Coca-Cola marketing executive was among those onboard when Air France flight 447 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.
Brad Clemes, senior director-global water and enhanced hydration, is based in Brussels. A native of Canada, Mr. Clemes, 49, has been with the company for more than 21 years.
"It is with great sadness that we can confirm Brad Clemes, a longtime associate of the Coca-Cola Co., was a passenger on Air France flight 447," said Dana Bolden, a Coca-Cola spokesman. "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Brad and his family, and we stand ready to provide any necessary assistance to the family during this difficult time."
Mr. Bolden said the company has been communicating with Air France and other authorities. He declined to comment further, out of respect for Mr. Clemes and his family.
Brazil's defense minister, Nelson Jobim, said yesterday that debris located off the northeast coast of Brazil is wreckage from the flight.
No survivors have been found. The flight, carrying 228 people, departed from Rio de Janeiro and was en route to Paris.
According to published reports, two Michelin executives were also onboard: Luiz Roberto Anastacio, the tire company's Latin America president, and Antonio Gueiro, director of informatics. An official list of passengers is not yet available.