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HCCB appoints Kamlesh Kumar Sharma as its first Chief Communications Officer

Bengaluru, June 20, 2017: Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) Pvt. Ltd - one of India’s largest FMCG companies – today announced the appointment of Kamlesh Kumar Sharma as its first ever Chief Communications Officer. He will lead the corporate reputation and brand building exercise for HCCB, leveraging diverse media platforms - paid, owned, earned and shared. He will be based in Bengaluru and report to Christina Ruggiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages.

Announcing the appointment, Ms. Christina Ruggiero, said, “We warmly welcome Kamlesh to HCCB. We are excited at the prospect of being able to leverage his rich experience in brand building and communication, when HCCB sets foot towards the next phase of growth. We are transforming ourselves into a total beverage company that has expertise in producing a variety of beverages, is digitally savvy, nimble and is integrated with the local community. Kamlesh will have a significant role to play in shaping the HCCB brand and its reputation."?

Kamlesh moves to Hindustan Coca-Cola after having served as Director, Corporate Communications and Alliances, at Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd. He has 18 years of work experience handling a variety of roles like Brand PR, Category Communication, Social and Digital Communications, Media Relations and Sustainability Marketing.

Prior to working with Coca-Cola India, Kamlesh has worked at Bharti Airtel Limited and at Rediffusion Y&R for 5 years. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specialising in Marketing.

About Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd, is one of India’s largest FMCG manufacturing and distribution companies. The Company owns and operates 19 factories. It also sources products from 11 contract packing plants. A network of 5,000 distributors and over 2 million retail outlets, distribute the high quality, great tasting beverages manufactured by Hindustan Coca-Cola.

The Company has always placed high value on good citizenship and to that end, is supporting communities by enhancing skills of rural youth through Career Development Centre, improving the lives of communities around its bottling plant by very focused intervention in the areas of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and promoting sustainable agriculture through Integrated Watershed Management Projects under PublicPrivate-Community partnerships.

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