The Coca-Cola Company has announced key organisational changes in the Pacific Group. These changes are effective July 1, 2013.
Atul Singh, currently President & CEO, India and South West Asia BU, will take over as Deputy President, Pacific Group. In his new role, Singh will have responsibility over the Greater China & Korea (GC&K) and India & Southwest Asia (INSWA) Business Units. His focus will largely be on the Greater China and Korea Business Unit, which also includes Taiwan, Mongolia, and Hong Kong & Macau. He will continue to report to Ahmet Bozer, President, Coca-Cola International.
Singh has led the INSWA Business Unit India, comprising key markets – India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives for nearly eight years.
Venkatesh Kini, currently Senior Vice President, Operations, India region, has been elevated as Deputy Business Unit President, India and South West Asia (INSWA) Business Unit. In his new role, Kini will have oversight for all the Business Units’ operations and functional leadership. The entire senior functional leadership of the INSWA Business Unit will now report to Kini. He will continue to report to Atul Singh.
Kini has been with the Company for more than 14 years. He has more than two decades of experience in India and the US, in marketing, sales and general management roles. Before taking over as the Senior Vice President, India Operations, he served as the Vice President Marketing for Global Juice, based in Atlanta.
As part of the upgraded focus on the Mainland China business, David Brooks, current GC&K Business Unit President, will assume a new leadership role as Chairman, GC&K. In this role, Brooks will manage the GC&K BU’s Public Affairs and Communications and Sustainability functions, in addition to continuing to oversee the BU’s operations in Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Hong Kong & Macau. He will also play a key role in partnering with the Mergers & Acquisition team. Brooks will report to Atul Singh.
There are no changes in the organisational structure at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, the company-owned bottling operations in India.