Cola Parker

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Person.png Cola ParkerRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, businessman, financier)
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Born1890
Died28 June 1962 (Age 71)
Chicago
NationalityUS
US businessman and John Birch Society leader who attended the 1st and 4th Bilderbergs

Cola Godden Parker was an American businessman and member of the National Council of the John Birch Society.

Parker was senor partner in the New York law firm Wise, Whitney and Parker, which gave advice to the paper industry, before he joined the book manufacturer's group in the National Recovery Administration under the New Deal.

In 1937, Parker joined the paper and pulp company Kimberley-Clark, known for the brand Kleenex, as senior executive, before he became company president in 1942. He led the company's expansion during WW2 and in the post-war era, before retiring in 1953. Under Parker, sales exploded jumping from $41,163,622 (1942) to $165,697,613 (1953) when Parker left.[1]He also was the president of the American Paper and Pulp Association.

Staunchly against labor unions, Parker hindered unionizing in Kimberley-Clark, something which had become routine in the rest of the industry. Parker wrote the tract Union Monopoly Power: Challenge to Freedom (1957).

Later he was president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he played an important role in the emerging increasingly militarist conservative movement in the United States. For example, starting in the late 1930's, NAM had started an offensive to bring more of a "free enterprise" creed into American schools, by distributing appropriate material.

After resigning from the National Association of Manufacturers, Parker became a member of the National Council of the ultra-conservative John Birch Society. At the time, the leadership in the Society had a significant overlap with the NAM.[2]

He was a member of the US GATT delegation[3], the "free trade" treaty that preceded the World Trade Organization.

Parker died aged 71.[4]


 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/195429 May 195431 May 1954Netherlands
Hotel Bilderberg
Oosterbeek
The first Bilderberg meeting, attended by 68 men from Europe and the US, including 20 businessmen, 25 politicians, 5 financiers & 4 academics.
Bilderberg/195611 May 195613 May 1956Denmark
Fredensborg
The 4th Bilderberg meeting and the first in Denmark.


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