Zimbabwean appointed Coca-Cola president

HARARE - Zimbabwean Nathan Kalumbu has made history by becoming the Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) president of the 85-country Eurasia and Africa Group.

His promotion in the 126-year-old, world leading soft drink manaufacturer, is part of leadership appointments Coca-Cola has made globally to support the company’s new global operating structure, effective January, 2013.

Kalumbu is currently president of the Central, East & West Africa (Cewa) business unit.

He has successfully held numerous positions of responsibility with Coca-Cola since 1990.

He began his career as region external affairs manager in Central Africa, before moving into marketing operations and country management roles in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.

Kalumbu also held the role of executive assistant to the South Africa division president and significantly contributed to the growth of the Coca-Cola business as regional manager for central Africa and Nigeria.

In 2004, Kalumbu was appointed business planning director and executive assistant to the retail division president — North America.

He returned to the Africa group as director of business strategy  and planning for the East and Central Africa Division in 2006.

He served as president, East  and Central Africa business unit prior to his current position.

Kalumbu is the chairperson of Coca-Cola Juices (Kenya) Ltd and a director of Coca-Cola Shanduka Beverages Ltd in South Africa, both of which are joint ventures of Coca-Cola in Africa.

He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.

Kalumbu has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Emory University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies from the University of Zimbabwe.

The group’s new appointments complete the company’s senior leadership roster in support of the previously announced news that Ahmet Bozer, Steve Cahillane and Irial Finan will lead the Company’s three operating businesses — Coca-Cola International, Coca-Cola Americas and Bottling Investments Group (Big), respectively.

The new structure’s objective is to consolidate leadership of global operations under the Bottling Investments Group and two large, but similar-sized geographic regions to streamline reporting lines, intensify focus on key markets and create a structure that leverages synergies and provides flexibility to adjust the business within these geographies in the future.

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