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Former Coca-Cola Co executive switches to Britvic to head procurement operations | Beverage Industry News

Britvic has poached an employee from the UK unit of The Coca-Cola Co to become its next chief procurement officer.

Matt Swindall has filled the vacant role of chief procurement officer at Britvic

Matt Swindall has filled the vacant role of chief procurement officer at Britvic

Matt Swindall was confirmed in the position earlier today. He replaces Philip Molnar, who left Britvic for personal care and beauty manufacturer Natura a year ago after three-and-a-half years with the soft drinks group.

The CPO post has been vacant in the interim, a company spokesperson told just-drinks.

Swindall starts as CPO this month, having spent almost seven years with Coca-Cola in a brace of procurement positions. Previously, he has worked for European bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises, again on the procurement side, and spent three years at the company’s then head office in the US.

Britvic’s chief information, transformation & digital officer, Steve Potts, said: “Matt’s wealth of industry experience makes him perfectly suited to lead Britvic’s international procurement function. Through Matt’s leadership, we will continue to establish a sustainable, fair and robust approach to procurement … .”

Last month, Britvic posted a 1.4% lift in six-month sales to the end of March. The company reaffirmed at the time it expects the coronavirus to hit profits by between GBP12m and GBP18m per month.

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