• Sameer Wadhawan, currently Vice President Human Resources to lead the newly created function of Franchise Capability & Business Transformation for the company.
  • Manu Narang Wadhwa joins Coca-Cola India as Vice President, Human Resources & Services.

Gurgaon, December 19th, 2016:  Coca-Cola India, today announced senior leadership changes with the objective to build stronger talent, keeping in pace with opportunities offered by the fast changing external environment. Sameer Wadhawan, currently Vice President Human Resources will spearhead the newly created function of Franchise Capability & Business Transformation, which will be focused on building new capabilities and high calibre talent pool in the company’s Franchise bottling system. Sameer will continue to report to Venkatesh Kini and will take over his new responsibility starting January, 2017.

 Sameer has led the Human Resources & Shared Service function for over 6 years. Over these years, he has played a significant role in leading the talent management strategy for the Coca-Cola India and South West Asia (SWA) business unit, making India a significant contributor to the global talent pool. With a career spanning over 25 years, 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.
In his new role effective January 2017, 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.

 Sameer will be succeeded by Manu Narang Wadhwa, who joins the Coca-Cola family from American Express where she served for nine years. She has over two decades of experience in driving transformational people strategies for growth, focusing on talent management, leadership development and transformation agendas. Prior to Amex, Manu worked at GE in various roles. She is a graduate of the GE Human Resources Leadership Program (HRLP) and started her career as a Finance Analyst with Tata Unisys, responsible for branch accounting & financial analysis.

Announcing the appointments, Venkatesh Kini, President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, said, “I welcome aboard Manu Narang Wadhwa as she takes over our ‘People’ function from Sameer. Over the last six years Sameer has shaped the talent development and capability building agenda within the Company. Sameer takes on this business critical role of developing capabilities for the franchise bottling operations across the region. Manu and Sameer therefore have the onerous responsibility of shaping the ‘People’ agenda within the Company and the larger Coca-Cola system. I wish both of them success in their new roles.”

About Coca-Cola India

Coca-Cola India is one of the country’s leading beverage companies, offering a range of healthy, safe, high quality, refreshing beverage options to consumers. Since its re-entry in 1993, the company has been refreshing consumers with its beverage products –      Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Fanta Green Mango, Limca, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Maaza, VIO flavoured milk ‘Almond Delight’ and ‘Kesar Delight’, Minute Maid range of juices, FUZE Iced tea, Georgia and Georgia gold range of hot and cold tea and coffee options, Schweppes, Kinley and Bonaqua packaged drinking water and Kinley Club Soda. The Company along with its bottling partners, through a strong network of over 2.6 million retail outlets, touches the lives of millions of consumers, at a rate of more than 500 servings per second. Its brands are some of the most preferred and most sold beverages in the country – Thums Up Sprite – being the top two selling sparkling beverages.

The Coca-Cola India system provides direct employment to 25,000 people and indirect employment to more than 150,000 people. The Coca-Cola system in India is contributing in its own small way to building sustainable communities through community initiatives like Support My School, VEER, Parivartan and Unnati and by reducing its own environmental footprint. For further information on the company’s India operations and its products, please visit: www.coca-colaindia.com. Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/CocaCola_Ind, or on facebook at www.facebook.com/cocacolaindia/