New Group Presidents Named for Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa; New Presidents Named for Two Business Units
New Global Ventures President Appointed
ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2018 – The
Manuel “Manolo” Arroyo will become group president for the Asia Pacific region. He will replace John Murphy, who has been elected to become executive vice president and chief financial officer on March 16, 2019, after a transition period with the current CFO, Kathy Waller.
Arroyo is an experienced operational leader who has led the company’s Mexico business since July 2017. His previous roles included serving as president of the SEWA and ASEAN business units and as general manager for
Arroyo will be succeeded in Mexico by Galya Molinas, who currently serves as senior vice president of Global Strategy & Insights for
Nikos Koumettis has been named as a group president, overseeing Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He replaces Brian Smith, who has been elected to become president and chief operating officer. Koumettis currently serves as president of the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) business unit, where he oversees a large territory that includes 26 countries from Russia to Italy. His full bio is at https://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/operations-leadership-nikolaos-nikos-koumettis.
Koumettis will be succeeded as head of CEE by Lana Popovic, who currently serves as North-East Europe franchise general manager. Popovic previously served as franchise general manager for the Baltics and Poland. Popovic, who joined
Jennifer Mann, the company’s Chief People Officer, will take on additional duties as president, Global Ventures. In this newly created position, Mann and her team will focus on globally scaling acquisitions and brands, such as Costa Limited, which is pending acquisition, and
Mann and all
“We have a strong group of experienced operational leaders around the world, and these promotions will strengthen our team,” Smith said. “I congratulate all of these leaders and look forward to working together as we continue to evolve as a total beverage company.”
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