Shell Huang

VP, Asia Pacific R&D

The Coca-Cola Company


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Dr. Shell Huang is Vice President of APAC R&D for The Coca-Cola Company, responsible forAsia Pacific Group R&D except Japan. In this role, Shell leads the APAC R&D team and partners with our stakeholders to deliver innovations that help to grow and sustain our business. Before this role, Shell was General Manager of Mexico R&D Center.

Shell joined Coca-Cola in 2005 in Global Packaging in the plastic packaging material area and moved to the role of Director of Global Packaging Research and Research Fellow in 2010, where she played a key role in leading the innovation of Plant Bottle® packaging, the first fully recyclable PET bottle partially made from plant-based materials.

In her role leading the ETA (External Technology Acquisition) function from 2012 to 2016, Shell transformed the ETA capability and function, and identified several technologies that are currently being implemented or are part of our innovation pipeline.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Shell was R&D manager for INVISTA (now Indorama), a global polyester resin company and a key supplier to the Coca-Cola System. She led the global polyester R&D group and developed a series of performance resins used for food and beverage packaging, film, and fiber applications.

Shell holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from Peking University, a Master’s of Science in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph. D in Polymer Science from the University of Akron. Shell is an inventor of over 35 US and world patents.

Shell is also a board member of Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC).