Coca-Cola India, today announced senior leadership changes in keeping with its focus on providing more choice to consumers. Deepak Jolly, currently Vice President, Public Affairs & Communication has been entrusted the responsibility of setting up a new function within the Company which will promote its growing portfolio of niche brands within the franchise bottling territories. Jolly will continue to report to Venkatesh Kini and will take over his new responsibility starting November 1, 2015. The Company already has an established portfolio of premium brands like Schweppes Tonic, Schweppes Gingerale, Schweppes Soda and soon to be launched Fuze Tea.
Jolly is a veteran of the Coca-Cola system who has led the Public Affairs & Communication function within the company for over 10 years. He joined Coca-Cola India at a time when the Company was facing significant challenges and helped turn around the business by focusing on reputation management. Over a career spanning more than three decades, he has worked with top corporates like Hindustan Unilever, PepsiCo, Godfrey Philips and Bharti Airtel. In preparation for his new assignment, Deepak will soon attend an executive leadership program at a leading University in USA for a period of six weeks.
Ishteyaque Amjad, who has joined Coca-Cola India will take over the responsibility of the Public Affairs & Communications function for India and South West Asia. Amjad most recently was Director Corporate Affairs for Cargill, based in Singapore. Ishteyaque joined Cargill in 2008 to establish the Corporate Affairs function for their India business. He launched Cargill’s ‘Nourishing India’ program that aimed to provide solutions for food and nutrition insecurity. In a career spanning more than two decades, he has held senior roles in companies such as HCL Enterprises and Essar Group and also served with the Indian Army. He is a Post Graduate from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies in Pune and a Bachelor of Economics from Aligarh Muslim University. He is also an alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
Announcing these changes, Venkatesh Kini, President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, said, “Deepak has accepted the responsibility to lead the premium and niche segment in the franchise bottling territories. In many ways, he is returning to where he started his career from – the Operations and Sales role in a large FMCG Company. I wish him the very best as he takes up a very challenging new assignment. I also welcome Ishteyaque Amjad to the Coca-Cola family. He has solid credentials and will make a great addition to our leadership team.”