Lines Blur Over Wife’s Use of Bottling CEO’s Company Jets
Shortly before a WNBA women’s basketball playoff game in Indianapolis on Sept. 28, a Hawker 800XP jet owned by Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. of Atlanta arrived at the Indianapolis airport, federal flight records show.
The Atlanta Dream—a team co-owned by Mary Brock, who is married to CCE’s chief executive—was facing the local Indiana Fever. Less than an hour after the game ended in a victory for her team, the CCE jet departed for its Atlanta base.
A Wall Street Journal review of flight records found that on at least 15 dates over the past two years when the Atlanta Dream was playing distant road games, CCE jets flew to the locations where the games were being played. The flights were to seven different cities. On several occasions, two CCE jets arrived around game times, according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration and flightwise.com, a flight-tracking website.
Ms. Brock confirmed that she has flown to Atlanta Dream games aboard CCE jets, but said it was always with her husband, John Brock, and “only if it fits in with what John’s doing.” She added that the “only way that would happen is, my husband has to go to New York, and…if there’s an Atlanta Dream-[New York] Liberty game, we can fit that in.”
Ms. Brock wouldn’t discuss any specific trips. She said she didn’t know how the flight costs were allocated, but said “in today’s world there’s not going to be any abuse.”
A spokesman for CCE didn’t respond to questions about specific flights around Atlanta Dream games, including whether they were counted as business or personal trips. The company’s business is in Europe, where it is a major Coca-Cola bottler, and its operations there account for all its revenue. CCE and Coca-Cola Co. are separate public companies with different management teams.