Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Coke appoints Atul Singh as head of India division

COCA-COLA the leading cola brand has announced the appointment of Mr Atul Singh as the new President for its India division, replacing Mr Sanjiv Gupta. Mr Singh, at present the company's East, Central and South China division head, is expecetd to take charge from September 1. The departure of Mr Gupta, who had been on medical leave for several days now, had been anticipated after the brand hived off the bottling operations into a separate entity. As per the new structure, Mr John Ustas, who was heading the brand's bottling operations in Norway and was appointed the CEO of Company-owned Bottlers (CoBos) in India early last month, will report to Mr Steve Buffington, Regional Director of Latin America and Asia for Bottling Investments. Following the shake-up, Mr Gupta was left with the charge of the concentrate business, franchise bottlers and marketing operations. The Coca-Cola India division comprises India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and franchisees, as well as bottling operations in India.