Sameer Wadhawan

Sameer Wadhawan, Vice President - Franchise Capability & Business Transformation

Coca-Cola India and South West Asia


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Known facts

  • Sameer Wadhawan recently transitioned into his new role as Vice President - Franchise Capability & Business Transformation at Coca-Cola India & SWA
  • In his new role, Sameer will work closely with Coca-Cola’s 15 Franchise bottling partners in the India and South West Asia region to build their people capability, and help transform their business to be future ready. The India and SWA business of The Coca-Cola Company aspires to be the fifth largest market for the Company, globally and the bottling teams will have a significant role to play in achieving the target.
  • He was previously the Vice President for Human Resource and Shared Services for Coca-Cola India and SWA for 6 years
  • With over 25 years of professional experience in Human Resources, he has worked across a diverse set of industries including Nokia Siemens Network, Cadence Design Systems India (Pvt.) Limited, Hewlett-Packard India Ltd, Duracell India Limited and Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited.
  • At Nokia Siemens Network India, he was the Head of HR – Services & Global entities – India Region.
  • A certified career coach and trainer, Sameer has a Post Graduate Honors Diploma in Personnel Management from Xavier’s Labor Relations Institute, Jamshedpur and is a Graduate in Economics.
  • He currently serves as a honorary member of the advisory board of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM India) and is also a core committee member of National HRD Network (NHRDN, Delhi).
  • He is also a representative of the Confederation of India Industries (CII) Committee on Affirmative Action and Industrial Relations.
  • As Vice President, Human Resource and Shared Services at Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, Sameer partnered with the business leadership to shape the company’s inclusive

Lesser-known facts

  • An avid admirer of Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen, Sameer however turns to jazz when it comes to soothing his mind.
  • A Reiki expert, he has dabbled in consulting for a while and is something that he would like to pursue in the future as well.
  • His most treasured possession is a Royal Enfield – Bullet which brings back fond memories of his teenage years.
  • An inherently emotive person, creativity is his forte and expressions are his medium of choice while telling a good story.
  • A movie buff, Bollywood makes him tick and nothing makes him as happy as watching `3 Idiots’ time and again.
  • One of his most treasured achievements is being the first person in his college to be admitted to Xavier’s Labor Relations Institute, Jamshedpur.
  • Whenever he gets the opportunity on a Friday evening, he likes to relax with a glass of rum and Coke.