Board of Directors
|Chairman||Philipp H Gutsche|
|Chief Executive Officer||Doug Jackson|
|Chief Financial Officer, Group Finance||Ian Garnett|
|Alternate Director||Irial Finan (Alternate to Kevin Warren)|
|Alternate Director||Gary Fayard (Alternate to Gerard Reidy)|
Doug Jackson – Chief Executive Officer
Doug Jackson took up the reigns as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Sabco in 2012, bringing with him almost three decades of wide-ranging experience within The Coca-Cola Company.
His most recent position was President of Greater China and Korea, which he held from 2010. As the fastest growing market of The Coca-Cola Company, mainland China had become a key focus area, along with its affiliated territories of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Mongolia.
Doug was responsible for providing day-to-day leadership and building critical organisational capabilities in the areas of consumer marketing, commercial and franchise leadership.
He commenced his Coca-Cola system career in 1984 when he joined S.A. Bottling Company as an Area Sales Manager in Port Elizabeth. In 1993, Doug accepted the post of Division Operations Manager at the Company’s Middle East office in Windsor, England.
Two years later, he moved to Cairo as Region Manager for Egypt, then served as Group Vice President and Executive Assistant to the President of the Middle East and Far East Group from 1998.
As the Company entered the new millennium, Doug was appointed as Division President for Southern Africa. A year later, this region was expanded to include East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, with 28 countries falling under his leadership.
On the strength of his performance, Doug was named Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for Coca-Cola Africa in 2005, encompassing a total of 46 countries north and south of the Sahara as well as the Indian Ocean Islands.
He also took up the office of Chairman of The Coca-Cola Advisory Council, which reported to the Executive Committee.
From 2007 to 2010, Doug was redeployed to the rapidly expanding Asian market, where he presided over the China business unit.
Before his China assignment, he was made Division President for the South Pacific and Korea, where he was responsible for a combination of emerging, developed and competitive markets.
In his new role as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Sabco, Doug will use his extensive knowledge to provide overall leadership and set the strategy for winning together in the marketplace as part of the greater Coca-Cola system.
Jacques Vermeulen – Chief Operating Officer (Southern Division)
A qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and Chartered Management Accountant (London), Jacques joined Coca-Cola Sabco as Group Financial Accountant in 1995 after completing his articles with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Trevor Wait and Partners.
Since joining the Company, Jacques has held various operational and corporate finance roles. In 1998 he moved to the South African business as Regional Financial Manager and was promoted to Country Financial Manager in Coca-Cola Fortune a year later. He was appointed Group Financial Manager for Coca-Cola Sabco in 2004, a position that he held for three years before moving to the role of Group Chief Financial Officer in 2007. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Jacques presided over group information systems, group procurement, treasury, taxation and business developments (mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance), operational finance and group governance. In January 2011, Jacques was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Southern Division.
Cathy Albertyn – Human Resources Director
Cathy started her career at Coca-Cola Sabco in 1992 as Head Office Personnel Manager with a BA Industrial Psychology and Sociology degree as well as a BA Honours Industrial Sociology and Group Dynamics.
Four years later in 1996, she moved to the role of Region HR Manager for Coca-Cola Fortune’s Southern Region and in 2003 took up the position as Group HR Services Manager.
In October of 2006 she was appointed as Group Manager: Human Resources, and subsequently moved to the role of Human Resources Director in July 2007, a role which she currently occupies. In her role as Human Resources Director, Cathy presides over Human Resources practices and strategies across the Group.
Cathy was appointed to the Board of Coca-Cola Fortune in January 2008.
Daryl Wilson – Group Supply Chain Director
Prior to joining Coca-Cola SABCO Daryl worked in the manufacturing sector of various dairy and related product companies and during this time completed various technical training qualifications which culminated more recently in the completion of his MBA.
Since joining the company in 1992 Daryl has held various technical positions starting as the production manager in our George factory and thereafter moved to Port Elizabeth as Operations Manager. In 1999 he was promoted to Country Demand Fulfillment Manager and held this position for just over 4 years. Daryl then moved to Tanzania for 10 months as Deputy General Manager and then in 2006 was promoted and moved to Kenya as Managing Director and remained there for three and a half years. During his time in Kenya he sat on the Nairobi Bottlers board as well as a number of other boards of subsidiary and related companies.
In July 2009 he moved back to PE to head Supply Chain as Group Supply Chain Director. In his current role Daryl looks after manufacturing, asset care, quality, distribution, warehousing, logistics and fleet and cooler maintenance.
Phil Humphreys – Chief Operating Officer (Northern Division)
With a strong background in international FMCG sales and marketing roles, Phil Humphreys joined Coca-Cola Sabco in September 2010 as the Chief Operating Officer of the Northern Division based in Dubai.
Phil has extensive experience in FMCG general management and has an
in-depth knowledge of Global Brand Development having grown leading brands such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Guinness, and an array of other leading brands within the Diageo and Nestle portfolios. He has led and spoken publically across the global sphere in the key areas of sales and marketing strategy, customer collaboration and ‘breakthrough’ performance, and has a real passion for pushing the boundaries and creating opportunities to drive extraordinary performance. Phil has completed the PED/MBA equivalent programme at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland as well as various other International Management and Executive Development Programs.
Phil joined Coca-Cola Sabco following a position as Managing Director of GTME for Diageo plc. Phil started his career in sales in 1991 with Rank Hovis McDougall before moving to the Nestlé family where he led the Pet Care Division as Sales Director. In 2001 he progressed to Nestlé Purina Pet Care Ltd as Commercial Director for the UK and Ireland. He delivered double digit growth and was promoted to Commercial Director for Northern Europe only a year later. His leadership abilities and keen business sense saw him promoted to Nestlé S.A. (Zone Europe) as Assistant Vice-President for European Sales reporting to Lars Olofsson (currently CEO of Carrefour) – a position Phil held from 2003 to mid 2004 before moving to the same group position for Global Sales and Customer Development.
Phil joined Diageo in 2005 from Nestlé, first as Global Sales & Capability Director and then as Commercial Director for Diageo Europe. In July 2008 he became Managing Director of Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME), which was Diageo’s 5th biggest business unit and No 1 for its flagship brand, Johnnie Walker. The last year delivered record profits, market share and brand growth which was widely acknowledged in the external investors community in 2010.
In his new role as Chief Operating Officer at Coca-Cola Sabco (Northern Division), Phil will lead some exciting developing markets in the form of the franchises of Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Laos and Ethiopia. Reporting to Doug Jackson, Phil is a member of the Coca-Cola Sabco Group Executive Committee.
Ian Garnett – Chief Financial Officer, Group Finance
Ian joined Coca-Cola Sabco in 2006 as the Finance Manager for the Asia Division based in Bangkok, subsequently the Northern Division. He played a key role as part of the division team that helped grow the Asian business significantly over a sustained period, and in January 2011 he was appointed to his current role as Chief Financial Officer.
Ian has a BA Hons Degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham in the UK and is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). Following his articles in the UK he joined Price Waterhouse in Kenya where he became an audit manager prior to returning to the UK to run his family’s accounting practice.
Immediately prior to joining Coca-Cola Sabco, Ian had a 15 year career in finance within The Coca-Cola Company. He held a variety of positions primarily in Europe and Africa, joining as an international auditor based out of Atlanta. He was based in the UK and then in Nigeria as Region Finance Manager before moving to Belgium to establish a prototype Financial Services Centre. His final role was the Director of Finance and Strategy for the North West Africa Division based out of Morocco.
In his current role Ian presides over group information systems, group procurement, treasury, taxation, operational finance, group governance and business developments (mergers and acquisitions). He sits on the Coca-Cola main Board and the Boards of the various operating companies.
Graham Andrews – Sales & Marketing Director
Graham Andrews recently joined Coca-Cola Sabco at the beginning of 2013 as Group Sales & Marketing Director, bringing with him a 20+ year Sales & Marketing career working for premier brands including 15 years in the non-alcoholic beverages business.
Most recently Graham was the Vice-President of International Brand Marketing for Callaway Golf based out of Carlsbad, CA where he was responsible for global innovation and marketing.
Prior to that Graham held a variety of General Management and Senior Marketing roles at PepsiCo including VP/GM for Northern Europe leading a $500 million foods & beverages portfolio business region; Global Brand Director roles at Corporate HQ for Quaker foods and before that Non-Carbonated beverages including Juices, Water, Energy and Sports Drinks where he led the global roll-out of Tropicana, Tropicana Twister, Aquafina and Gatorade brands in 40+ countries worldwide. He also held roles as Europe & Africa Marketing Director – CSDs; Africa Marketing Director – CSDs and Managing Director East Africa where he led the CSD businesses in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritius and Namibia out of Nairobi, Kenya where Graham originally hails from. Graham started his beverages career as the Marketing Manager for West Africa based in Nigeria having been recruited from his first class fmcg career training in brand management at Procter & Gamble UK & Europe.
As the Groups Sales & Marketing Director and a member of Coca-Cola Sabco EXCO, reporting into the CEO, Graham’s experience is well placed to champion the groups strategic focus on sales excellence and marketing superiority to effectively win in the market.