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Coca-Cola revamps top-level India team, appoints three new VPs

11-September-2006
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Coca-Cola revamps top-level India team, appoints three new VPs

In a major organisational revamp, Atul Singh, India division head of Coca-Cola, has appointed three new vice-presidents who will be responsible for region-wise sales. He has also created a new position, that of vice-president (corporate strategy), and appointed a new man to spearhead marketing.

Milind Sathe is being brought in from Coke Russia to head the South and Western regional operations, while Sumanto Dutta is coming from Atul Singh’s former office in Coke China to look after northern sales.

As reported by exchange4media earlier, Venkatesh Kinni, who has worked with Coke India and Cadbury’s, has been appointed Vice-president (Marketing). 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’ experience in marketing, sales and general management.

Another former Coke India employee, Sandeep Gutpa, is the new head of corporate strategy.

Vikas Chawla replaces Jaspal Singh as Vice-president for franchisee bottlers. He comes from Coke’s Sri Lankan operations. Vineet Kapila will continue to look after the South-West Asia region.

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