Announcing the appointment, Mrs. Christina Ruggiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, said, “We warmly welcome Seema to HCCB and will certainly leverage her rich experience to usher in a culture of agility and innovation across our large manufacturing and sales organization which employs more than 8,500 associates. We are transforming ourselves into a total beverage company that has expertise in producing a variety of beverages, is digitally savvy, nimble and is integrated with the local community. I take this opportunity to thank Gaurav Chaturvedi for his role in making Hindustan Coca-Cola, one of the largest beverage manufacturers in the country. I am sure he will do well as the CEO of bottling operations in Myanmar.”
Seema Nair, a 20+ years veteran in HR, joins Hindustan Coca-Cola from Cisco Systems where she worked for over 8 years. At Cisco Systems, she was responsible for HR across India and SAARC. Prior to Cisco Systems, she has had stints at Intel Corporation, Microland Group and Crompton Greaves. Seema will lead the Human Resource function of Hindustan Coca-Cola in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. She reports to Christina Ruggiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd.
Gaurav Chaturvedi who has taken over as CEO, bottling operations in Myanmar, has served in various positions, most recently as Executive Director – HR at Hindustan Coca-Cola. He has also served as Zonal Vice President, Andhra Pradesh and as Director, Operational Excellence for the Company. Gaurav is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
In the recent past, 13 other Executives of Hindustan Coca-Cola including Sanket Ray, Mayank Arora and Puneet Varshney, have taken senior leadership roles within The Coca-Cola Company, outside India. Sanket Ray is Managing Director bottling operations in Vietnam, while Mayank and Puneet are Country Managers of Sri Lanka and Nepal respectively. Mr. S. K. Jawahar, Mr. Akeel Mohammed, Mr. Deepak Kaul and Mr. Tapash Kumar Mandal are some of the other senior Hindustan Coca-Cola Executives, who are in leadership roles in various countries.About Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd, is one of India’s largest FMCG manufacturing and distribution companies. It is responsible for the manufacture, package, sale and distribution of beverages under the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company. The Company owns and operates 23 factories. It also sources from and supports 9 contract packers’ plants. A network of 5,000 distributors and over 2.1 million retail outlets distribute the high quality, great tasting beverages manufactured by Hindustan Coca-Cola.
The Company has always placed high value on good citizenship and to that end, is supporting communities by enhancing skills of rural youth through Career Development Centre, improving the lives of communities around its bottling plant by very focused intervention in the areas of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and promoting sustainable agriculture through Integrated Watershed Management Projects under Public-Private-Community partnerships.