Coca-Cola GmbH, the German arm of the US soft drinks giant, is set to welcome a new chief executive.

The company said today (3 March) that Beatrice Guillaume-Grabisch would take the helm from 1 May. Guillaume-Grabisch, 41, succeeds Goetz-Michael Mueller who left the company at the start of the year.

Guillaume-Grabisch's most recent position was as the head of the consumer division of French cosmetics group L'Oreal in Switzerland.

She has also had roles at German consumer goods maker Beiersdorf AG and US products group Johnson & Johnson.

Guillaume-Grabisch takes charge at a time when Coke's German unit is looking to consolidate its bottling network throughout the country.

The company has also had to deny reports that up to a third of the workers at its largest bottler, CCE AG, would lose their jobs as the German government looks to change regulations surrounding the country's mandatory deposit system.