Beverages giant Coca-Cola has announced key leadership changes for its India & South West Asia business and Hindustan Coca-Cola Bottling (HCCB) operations. The firm has announced T. KK Krishnakumar as the President of Coca-Cola’s India and South-West Asia business unit.
T.KK KrishnaKumar will take over the position from May 1st. KrishnaKumar is the current chief executive of Coca-Cola India. He will be taking over the position of Venkatesh Kini who has decided to leave the firm and head to Silicon Valley for better opportunities.
KrishnaKumar’s position will be replaced by Christina Ruggiero, who holds the position of chief procurement officer for Coca-Cola System in North America and president and CEO for Bottler’s Sales & Services LLC.
On his new appointment, John Murphy, president of the Asia Pacific Group, The Coca-Cola Company said, “As outlined by our President and Chief Operating Officer James Quincey a few weeks ago, The Company is designing a new Operating Model to support the next stage of our transformation into a growth-oriented, consumer-centred, total beverage company. Key components of this new Operating Model are a revitalised organisational capability and better system alignment to ensure that optimum execution multiplies our marketing plans and investments.”
“KK is uniquely qualified for this role, having successfully led BIG’s operations in India and South West Asia since 2009. He is a strategic, well-rounded leader, and has been a catalyst for expanding our portfolio and driving growth in every position he has previously held.” He added.
Vamsi Mohan, who currently serves as BIG’s region director for Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia will take over South West Asia regional director for HCCB.
India is the 6th largest market for The Coca-Cola Company in terms of volume. The firm system operates approximately 60 factories, directly employs 25,000 people and sells our products through over 2.6 million retailers. Read more about Indian Startup Ecosystem.