For Immediate Release
Contact: Office of Communications
Monday, October 3, 2003
Cooper Named Chairman of G8 Summit Host Committee
Atlanta - Today Senator Zell Miller and Senator Saxby Chambliss
joined Governor Sonny Perdue in announcing the appointment
of Frederick E. Cooper of Atlanta to serve as the Chairman
of the Host Committee for the upcoming G8 Summit. The 2004
G8 Summit, hosted by President George W. Bush, will be held
on Sea Island, Georgia, on June 8th, 9th, and 10th.
Mr. Cooper is a prominent leader in the Georgia business
community. He is the former President of Flowers Industries
and the current Chairman of Cooper Capital, LLC. In addition,
Mr. Cooper has been a pillar of the Georgia community and
currently serves on the Board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce
and the University of Georgia Foundation.
"With his business expertise and his deep commitment
to Georgia over the years, Fred Cooper is the perfect person
to showcase our great state to the nation and to the world.
He will do an outstanding job for the President and for Georgia,"
U.S. Senator Zell Miller said.
Mr. Cooper, a part-time resident of Sea Island, has long
held an interest in the Georgia Coast. Sea Island, Georgia,
one of four barrier islands known as the Golden Isles, is
off the southern coast of Georgia. As Chairman of the Host
Committee for the 2004 G8 Summit, he will assemble corporate
leaders from across the country to help ensure the Summit's
"The G8 summit is being held on Sea Island, one of Georgia's
environmental jewels, and the Governor has appointed a great
Georgian in Fred Cooper to serve as Chairman of the Host Committee,"
said Senator Saxby Chambliss. "President Bush and the
leaders of the member nations of the G8 will see Georgia at
its best, from the natural beauty and serenity of the Golden
Isles of Georgia to the Southern hospitality Fred Cooper will
provide as Chairman of the Host Committee."
Mr. Cooper, a graduate of Washington and Lee University in
Lexington, Virginia, returned to Georgia to receive a law
degree from the University of Georgia Law School. He also
served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's
"As Chair of the G8 Summit Host Committee, Fred Cooper
will provide strong and effective leadership as we prepare
to host the world's leaders in Sea Island next June. Fred's
guidance and insight will help us extend a warm Georgia welcome
to our international guests. I look forward to working with
him and the entire host committee," said Governor Sonny
Mr. Cooper and his wife, Helen, have two sons and three grandchildren.
They reside in Atlanta.
"I am honored to play this role for our country and
our President. This is our opportunity to show the world why
we love Georgia so much. I look forward to the hard work that
lies ahead and to the tremendous worldwide attention our state
will receive. I deeply appreciate the faith our leaders have
placed in me. We won't let Georgia down," Mr. Cooper