Roberto C. Goizueta, chairman and chief executive of the Coca-Cola Co., was in critical condition today after developing a throat infection while being treated for lung cancer.
Goizueta was in intensive care at Emory University Hospital, the company said.
Goizueta was diagnosed with cancer last month and had been undergoing a dual regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, which continued after his release from the hospital Sept. 22. Last week, he developed a throat infection and was readmitted. The infection had led to a fever, and his condition had worsened because of the cancer and complications from the treatments, the company said.
Goizueta is not expected to attend the company's board of directors meeting Thursday.
He has asked James Williams, chairman of the board's finance committee, to lead the meeting. He also asked Doug Ivester, president and chief operating officer, to stand in for him at employee briefings.
Goizueta, 65, was elected president and chief operating officer in May 1980 and was named chairman and CEO in March 1981.