Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Atlanta CDAO Community

Maximiliano Just

Global Head - Data Governance

The Coca-Cola Company

Max Just is the Global head of Data Governance & Shared Platforms at The Coca-Cola Company, and his team is responsible for managing master data, governing global data standards, collecting data from bottlers and implementing data platforms. Max has been with this company for 12 years; prior to joining the data team, Max worked in implementing HR shared services and HR Technology including Workday. 

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Max worked for several consulting firms, such as Capgemini Consulting, helping clients like McKesson and Warner Bros in Finance and Supply Chain projects. Earlier in his career he worked for Ford Motor Company in Argentina and Lotus in Malaysia helping automotive suppliers improve their manufacturing processes using Lean and Six Sigma. Max received an MBA from the Emory Business School in Atlanta, a Master’s Degree in Business from the Universidad del CEMA in Buenos Aires and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Universidad Technological Nacional in Buenos Aires. Max is also a Master Black Belt and Certified Scrum Master

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I started in data in Lean Six Sigma very early on using data analysis to improve manufacturing processes. Since then and after gaining my MBA in Emory, I started working in consulting – in the Movie Business initially – in Lean Six Sigma. After, I joined Coke to help them create the HR Shared Services, and I started an 8-year stint where I transformed their operations, systems and data. In 2020, we started a data services organization, and I joined to first lead Data Governance, then added MDM and now also own shared platforms that aren't related to data per se, but they enable a lot of our processes.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Lead by example, foster a growth mindset among my team and strive for excellence.

With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CDAO role going in the next 1-2 years?

To state the obvious, our roles will have to embrace emerging technologies.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CDAO?

Learn as much as you can, enjoy the journey and build a good team.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I am a race car driver.
  2. My wife, kids and I are from 3 different nationalities.
  3. My place in the world is Costa Rica.

What is the value of joining an Evanta community? 

Networking and learning from others.

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