Coca-Cola has announced key organizational changes in the Pacific Group. These changes are effective July 1.
Atul Singh, currently President & CEO, India and South West Asia business unit, will take over as Deputy President, Pacific Group. In his new role, he will have responsibility over the Greater China and Korea (GC&K) and India and Southwest Asia (INSWA) business units. Given the enormous growth opportunities in China, and the uniquely competitive beverage landscape, Atul’s focus will 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.
Atul has led the INSWA business unit India comprising key markets – India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives for nearly eight years. Under his leadership, the India operations has registered 27 consecutive quarters of growth out of which 19 have been quarters of double-digit growth.
As part of the upgraded focus on our Mainland China business, David Brooks, current GC&K business unit President, will assume a new leadership role as Chairman, GC&K. In this role, David 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. David will also play a key role in partnering with our mergers & acquisition team as we continue to expand our portfolio and develop our business in China. David will report to Atul Singh.
Venkatesh Kini, currently Senior Vice-President, Operations, India region, will be elevated as Deputy Business Unit President, India and South West Asia (INSWA) business unit. In his new role, Venkatesh will have oversight for all the business unit’s operations and functional leadership. The entire senior functional leadership of the INSWA business unit will now report to Venkatesh Kini. He will continue to report to Atul Singh.
Venkatesh is a proven business leader and has served 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, Venkatesh served as the Vice-President Marketing for Global Juice, based in Atlanta.
There are no changes in the organization structure at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, the Company owned bottling operations in India