Cott Corp., the Canada-based soft drinks group, has appointed a former executive from The Coca-Cola Co. to head its procurement team.

Cott, the world's largest producer of own-brand soft drinks for retailers, has named Bill Reis as senior vice president, global procurement and chief procurement officer. Reis will take the position on 26 March.

Reis spent 13 years at Coca-Cola Co. in a number of purchasing and procurement roles in the US, Europe and Latin America. He joins Cott from Revlon, where he headed the cosmetics giant's procurement division.

Cott chief manufacturing and supply chain officer Rick Dobry said: "Reis' appointment is another step we've taken to strengthen our organisation and leverage our global support functions to reduce costs and become the best partner to our retailer customers."