NEW HAVEN, CT—Yale University has appointed Thomas Mattia, a veteran of senir roles at Coca-Cola and EDS with an international public affairs, communications and social responsibility background, as its chief communications officer and special advisor to president Richard Levin.
Mattia will oversee the University's office of public affairs and coordinate the communications function across the University. He will report to vice president and secretary Linda Lorimer.
Mattia was a senior vice president of The Coca-Cola Company until he retired on March 1. During his tenure as the company's head of public affairs and communications he was instrumental in initiatives in water stewardship, workplace rights, sustainability and reputation management.
Mattia began his communications career as a journalist on several East Coast daily newspapers, joining IBM in 1980 and spending 10 years with the company before switching to the agency business, notably as executive vice president of Hill & Knowlton Asia based in Hong Kong, before joining the Ford Motor Company in 1995 as director of a newly created international communications department. He went on to serve as director of North American public affairs and vice president of Lincoln Mercury.
He later spent five years as corporate vice president of communications for computer consulting leader EDS, shepherding the company through rapid growth, extreme financial collapse and CEO change. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in January 2006 and worked closely with former chairman and CEO Neville Isdell in establishing the company's position on sustainability and social responsibility>