Venkatesh Kini has been appointed Vice-President, Coca Cola India. He replaces Vikas Gupta, who had quit as VP-Marketing, Coca Cola India, on June 30, 2006. The appointment is effective from September 1, 2006. Kini moves from Atlanta, where he was VP, Sprite and Flavors Brand Business Unit in Coca-Cola North America, a position he had held since September 2005. Kini will be reporting to Atul Singh, President and CEO, Coca-Cola India.
When contacted by exchange4media, a Coca Cola spokesperson confirmed the appointment.
At his Atlanta assignment, Kini had led the development of breakthrough advertising and graphics redesign for the Sprite relaunch. He also led the successful national rollout of Vault as well as the business plan for Sprite and Flavors for 2007.
Kini had joined Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages India Pvt Ltd as Marketing Operations Manager in March 1998. Later that year, he joined the Coca Cola Company in India as Senior Brand Manager for the Lemon Lime category, where he was instrumental in the successful launch of Sprite.
In October 1999, Kini took on the role of Global Brand Manager in Atlanta working on new products. In 2001, he assumed the role of Global Marketing Manager for bottled water and was promoted as Global Brand Director for bottled water in 2003.
Prior to joining the Coca Cola Company, Kini had held a variety of leadership roles in Asian Paints, ITC, and Black & Decker, among others. He has over 17 years’ marketing, sales and general management experience.