Venkatesh Kini

Venkatesh Kini

President, India and Southwest Asia
The Coca-Cola Company

Venkatesh Kini is President of The Coca-Cola Company’s India and Southwest Asia business unit where he has responsibility for all company operations in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Kini has more than 24 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in global roles, with more than 15 years at The Cola-Cola Company.

Before his current assignment, Kini was Vice President of Global Marketing for Juice, where he led the global design and rollout of the Minute Maid master brand and helped create three billion-dollar brands.

Prior to that, Kini was Vice President of Marketing in India and Southwest Asia, a member of the team that successfully turned around Coke’s India business in the mid-2000s.

He has also managed marketing for the global bottled water business and the sparkling flavors business for Coca-Cola North America.

Before joining Coca-Cola, Kini worked at Asian Paints and ITC, two of India’s most prominent companies.

Kini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India.