Leading the industry & refreshing the world responsibly
Since our re-entry in India in 1993, we have been a driver of marketplace innovation and an investor in local economies. Today we lead the beverage industry with several loved beverage brands –ranging from a suite of Sparkling and Still products, which now includes Minute Maid juice drinks, Kinley packaged water, Schweppes sodas and mixers, Georgia tea and coffee, Energy drink - BURN and a range of sparkling beverages. But while our business opportunities are enormous, our commitment to our consumers and the communities in which we operate is even greater.
Venkatesh Kini, our President, leads us with a firm commitment to the values and spirit of the world's greatest brand.
President Coca-Cola India and South West Asia
Venkatesh Kini has over 25 years of Sales, Marketing & General Management experience in India, USA & in Global roles, of which 15 have been with The Cola-Cola Company. He is currently the President of Coca-Cola India & South West Asia Business Unit, with responsibility for all Business Unit Operations and functional leadership. He was the Deputy President of the Business Unit till 2013.
Prior to his role as the Deputy Business President, he was the Vice President of Global Marketing for Juice, where he led the global design & rollout of the Minute Maid master brand and helped create 3 Billion Dollar brands. From 2006 to 2009 he was Vice President Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company in India and South West Asia, a member of the team that successfully turned around Coke's India business.
He has also managed marketing for Coke's global bottled water business and the Sparkling flavours business for Coca-Cola North America. Before joining Coca-Cola, Venkatesh worked at Asian Paints and ITC, two of India's most respected companies.
Venkatesh obtained a BA in Economics from Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India.