Coca-Cola has announced the changes in the wake of a wider restructure by the group

Coca-Cola has announced the changes in the wake of a wider restructure by the group

The Coca-Cola Co has announced it is splitting its India and South West Asia (SWA) unit into two separate operations. 

From 1 October, the unit will be divided into two regions: India, and South West Asia (SWA). The SWA region will cover Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, the group said.

The SWA region will also include the group's juice business, Coca-Cola said. The changes come in the wake of a global restructuring by Coca-Cola, announced in July.

Venkatesh Kini, currently heading up marketing of global juice, has been appointed senior VP for the India region. Meanwhile, Neeraj Garg, the VP providing franchise leadership support to company-owned bottling operations (CBO) in India will take responsibility for the SWA region and juice business. 

Both will report to Atul Singh, president of the Coca-Cola India and South West Asia Business Unit.

"India is one of the key growth markets for The Coca-Cola Co and the business unit's role is critical to the company achieving its 2020 vision," the company said. 

It added: "We have been growing for the last 24 quarters and the India market is now amongst the top seven markets for the company. 

"We now need to have the scale and resources to capture latent growth across the business unit."