Company to Organize Around Three Major Operating Businesses:
Changes to be Effective Jan. 1, 2013
ATLANTA - The
Ahmet Bozer, currently President of the Eurasia & Africa Group, will be appointed President of
"This is the right structure for the next phase of our journey toward achieving our 2020 Vision," said Kent.
"Over the last couple of years, we have systematically been adapting our business model to better address the changing demands of the global marketplace. First, we addressed the issues facing our system in our flagship market through the acquisition of CCE North America. Second, we further built the relevance of BIG, evolving it from its initial role of fixing challenging markets to a more significant role in spearheading our progress in select strategic markets such as China and India.
"We have a solid foundation and momentum in our business. Now is the time to take the next step in our evolution. By consolidating leadership of our global operations under two large, but similar sized geographic regions and BIG, we will streamline reporting lines, intensify our focus on key markets and create a structure that leverages synergies and gives us flexibility to strategically adjust our business within those geographies in the future."
Added Kent: "Ahmet, Steve and Irial are proven leaders with extensive international franchise, bottling operations and marketing experience. Ahmet is a strong international operator who has demonstrated success in leading our business in both emerging and developing markets. Steve has played a key role in leading our North America operations and ensuring a smooth and successful integration of CCE. Irial led the creation of BIG, and has been instrumental in driving executional excellence throughout our Company-owned bottling operations across four continents.
"I look forward to partnering with Ahmet, Steve, Irial and the rest of my leadership team as we continue on our journey toward our 2020 Vision."
These appointments take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Related organizational changes will be announced in due course. Until such time, all current organizational and reporting relationships will remain as is.
A 22-year veteran of the
In 2000, Bozer rejoined the Company as President of the Eurasia Division, which became Eurasia and Middle East Division in 2003. In 2006, he assumed the additional leadership responsibility for the Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Division. In 2007, with the addition of the India and South West Asia Division under his responsibilities, Bozer was named President of the Eurasia Group. He was promoted to lead the Eurasia & Africa Group in 2008.
Cahillane, 47, has more than 20 years of successful international beverage sales, marketing and distribution experience. He joined The
Prior to joining CCE, Cahillane served as the Chief Executive for Interbrew UK and Ireland, a division of InBev S.A., and as Chief Commercial Officer of InBev S.A. In 1995, Cahillane founded State Street Brewing Company in Chicago, which he owned until 1997, when he sold the business and joined Coors Distribution Company as Vice President and General Manager. He joined InBev in 1999, serving as Vice President of U.S. Sales until 2001, when he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Labatt USA.
Irial Finan, 55, has more than 30 years of experience in the
From 1995 to 1999, Finan was Managing Director of Molino Beverages, with responsibility for expanding markets, including the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Romania, Moldova, Russia and Nigeria. Prior to that role, Finan worked in several markets across Europe. From 1991 to 1993 he served as Managing Director of