Operating Committee

The Operating Committee, led by the Chief Executive Officer, represents the executive leadership of the company.

Role of the Operating Committee

The Operating Committee meets twelve times each year and is responsible for:

  • The day-to-day executive management of the Group and its businesses including all matters not reserved for or delegated to the Board or other bodies
  • The development of the Group strategies and implementation of the strategies approved by the Board
  • Providing adequate head-office support for each of the Group’s countries
  • The setting of annual targets and approving annual business plans including a comprehensive programme of strategies and targets agreed between the Country General Managers and the Region Directors. These annual business plans form the basis of the Group’s performance management
  • Working closely with the Country General Managers as anticipated by the Group’s operating framework in order to capture benefits of scale, ensuring appropriate governance and compliance and managing the performance of the Group
  • Leading the Group’s talent and capability development programmes

 

Members of the Operating Committee

Dimitris Lois (55), Chief Executive Officer

Mr Dimitris Lois began his career in 1988 at Grecian Magnesite SA, where he held various managerial posts including that of business development manager. He joined Frigoglass SAIC in 1997, and after serving in various international positions he was appointed managing director in August 2003. Mr Lois joined the Group as Regional Director in 2007. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and Chief Executive Officer in 2011. He holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Michalis Imellos (47), Chief Financial Officer

Senior management tenure: Appointed April 2012 

Previous Group roles: Regional finance director responsible for Nigeria, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus and Serbia and Montenegro; General manager, Romania and Moldova.

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Mr Imellos held a number of finance positions in the UK-based European headquarters of Xerox, including those of European Mergers & Acquisitions Director and Finance Director of the Office Europe Division. He managed the financial, tax and legal aspects of Xerox’s sponsorship of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as well as the finance function of the company’s operations in Greece. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and started his career at Ernst & Young.

Nationality: Greek

Naya Kalogeraki (46), Group Chief Customer and Commercial Officer

Senior management tenure: Appointed July 2016

Previous Group roles: Director of Strategy, CEO office

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Mrs Kalogeraki joined Coca‑Cola HBC in 1998 from The Coca‑Cola Company where she held a number of marketing positions up to Marketing Manager. From 1998 and onwards she built up her career assuming roles of increased scale and scope including Marketing Director, Trade Marketing Director, Sales Director and Country Commercial Director, Greece. Throughout the years she has been heavily involved in Group strategic projects and task forces addressing mission critical business imperatives. In September 2013 Naya was appointed to the role of General Manager, Greece and Cyprus.

Nationality: Greek

Alain Brouhard (53), Business Solutions & Systems Director

Senior management tenure: Appointed June 2010

Previous Group roles: Region director responsible for Nigeria, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia and Montenegro (2010 to 2013), Water and Juice Business Director

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Mr Brouhard began his career with Procter & Gamble, where he worked in four different countries and in a variety of commercial and management roles leading up to global customer team leader in 2000 when he oversaw the global account management of Delhaize and the European management of new channels, including discounters (such as Aldi, Lidl and Dia) and convenience retailing (such as petrol stations). From 2002 to 2010, Mr Brouhard held positions at Adidas including managing director, Italy and Southeast Europe, from 2007 until he joined the Group in 2010. Prior to that, he was vice-president for commercial operations, EMEA, from 2002 to 2005, and, from 2005, took the role of managing director, Iberia, based in Spain, with responsibility for Spain and Portugal.

Nationality: French

Keith Sanders (55), Region Director: Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation and Ukraine

Senior management tenure: Appointed August 2009

Previous Group roles: General manager of the Company’s operations in Russia (2004).

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Prior to joining the Group, Mr Sanders spent 11 years within the Coca‑Cola System. He started his career with The Coca‑Cola Company in a regional marketing role within the Gulf Region. In 1993, he was appointed human resources and training manager for the Gulf Region. In 1994, he assumed his first bottling general manager role in Bahrain, and then moved through a series of larger country general management roles until 2001, when he was appointed director for bottling operations in the Eurasia & Middle East Division with responsibility for Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar. Prior to joining the Coca‑Cola System, Mr Sanders spent six years with Procter & Gamble in the United States in a variety of sales and marketing roles.

Nationality: American

Sotiris Yannopoulos (48), Region Director: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Switzerland

Senior management tenure: Appointed July 2014

Previous Group roles: Mr Yannopoulos was general manager in Serbia and Montenegro from 2009 to 2012 and country general manager in Italy from 2012 to 2014.

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Prior to joining the Group, Mr Yannopoulos spent 12 years working at PepsiCo in various roles. He also spent five years with Star Foods, where he was the East Balkans BU manager, and seven years with Tasty Foods in Greece, where his roles included: business development director, marketing and trade marketing director, marketing manager and group brand manager. He started his career as an assistant product manager (USA/South Africa) with Colgate-Palmolive.

Nationality: Greek

Zoran Bogdanovic (44), Region Director: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, FYROM, Greece, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, Romania and Serbia (including the Republic of Kosovo), Slovenia and Montenegro

Senior management tenure: Appointed June 2013

Previous Group roles: Mr Bogdanovic's previous roles include: member of the Finance team of Coca‑Cola HBC Croatia from 1996 to 1998; CFO and then general manager of Croatian operations from 1998 to 2004; Country general manager of Coca‑Cola HBC Croatia from 2004 to 2008; Country general manager for Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland from 2008 to 2011; and Country general manager for Coca‑Cola HBC Greece from 2011 to 2013.

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Mr Bogdanovic started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen before joining Coca‑Cola HBC Croatia in 1996.

Nationality: Croatian

Marcel Martin (57), Group Supply Chain Director

Senior management tenure: Appointed January 2015

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous Group roles: Mr Martin joined the Group in 1993 holding positions with increasing responsibility in the Supply Chain and Commercial functions. Since 1995, Mr Martin held general management assignments in several of our markets, including as General Manager for Eastern Romania, Regional Manager Russia, Country General Manager Ukraine and General Manager Nigeria. Mr Martin became General Manager of our Irish operations in 2010 and is now our Group Supply Chain Director.

Nationality: Romanian

Jan Gustavsson (50), General Counsel, Company Secretary and Director of Strategic Development

Senior management tenure: Appointed August 2001

Previous Group roles: Mr Gustavsson served as Deputy General Counsel Coca‑Cola Beverages plc from 1999-2001.

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Mr Gustavsson started his career in 1993 with the law firm of White & Case in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1995, he joined The Coca‑Cola Company as Assistant Division Counsel in the Nordic and Northern Eurasia Division. From 1997 to 1999 Mr Gustavsson was Senior Associate in White & Case’s New York office, practising Securities Law and M&A.

Nationality: Swedish

Sanda Parezanovic (51), Group Human Resources Director

Senior management tenure: Appointed June 2015

Previous Group roles: Ms Parezanovic's previous roles in the Group include: Public Affairs & Communication Manager, Serbia and Montenegro from 2003 to 2006; Country Human Resources and PA&C Manager, Serbia and Montenegro from 2006 to 2010; Regional Human Resources Director Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, FYROM, Greece, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia from 2010 to 2015.

Outside interests: No external appointments

Previous relevant experience: Ms Parezanovic started in 1989 as Market Researcher and later Strategic Planner working for various local research and marketing agencies in SFR Yugoslavia. Sanda joined Saatchi & Saatchi Balkans in 1994, holding various senior management positions in several Balkan countries, including Managing Director of two start-up agencies, first in FYROM and later in Serbia. In 1999 she was relocated to London, where she worked for Saatchi & Saatchi and Marketing Drive on a number of pan-European and Business Development projects, before she joined our Group in 2003.

Nationality: Serbian