Roberto Mercadé is Business Unit President for Coca-Cola South Pacific, a position he has held since June 2014.
Roberto leads the South Pacific team responsible for the marketing and technical development of more than 170 products in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. This includes responsibility for some of the world’s most valuable and recognisable brands – including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Powerade. He and his team work closely with bottling partner Coca-Cola Amatil across the region, as well as independent distributors in New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
Coca-Cola South Pacific is known for its consumer focussed approach and has brought to market world-leading innovations including the #ColourYourSummer and Share-a-Coke campaigns, the brand new flavour of Coca-Cola Ginger and the Barista Bros range. Coca-Cola has always had a strong legacy of giving back, and the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation is our charitable arm dedicated to inspiring moments of happiness and possibilities for young people in need each year.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola South Pacific, Roberto had over 20 years of international general management and operational system experience with The Coca-Cola Company. Before joining South Pacific, he was general manager, South Africa franchise and commercial operations. Roberto also led South Africa’s Company-owned manufacturing facilities, Coca-Cola Canners and Valpre Water. Prior to this role, he also served as the General Manager for the Venezuela & Caribbean Franchise Unit.
Roberto holds an engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a proud husband and father of two.
Lisa Winn is marketing director for Coca-Cola South Pacific, a role she has held since mid-2014.
Before this she was strategic planning and innovation director, providing direction for the South Pacific business unit president.
Lisa joined Coca-Cola South Pacific in 2002 as innovation brand manager, working on brands such as Fanta, Sprite and Powerade.
George Droumev is technical director for Coca-Cola South Pacific, having had a distinguished career with the company for more than 20 years.
The former technical director of the Coca-Cola Germany business unit, George has enjoyed various roles within the company. Since joining Coca-Cola in 1993, he has taken on responsibilities in south-east Europe while building on his experience in quality, commercialisation, acquisitions, and technical management.
Thierry Roques is finance director for Coca-Cola South Pacific.
Thierry has spent 19 years with The Coca-Cola Company and has held the position of vice-president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea.
After working in West Africa for a French development agency and for accounting firm Arthur Andersen in France and central Europe, Thierry joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1995 as an internal auditor where he spent three years auditing Coca-Cola operations in every continent.
Thierry moved to Asia in 1998 and held various finance positions in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand (where he was seconded to BPW, a Nestlé–Coca-Cola joint venture) before relocating to Shanghai in 2005 as deputy-CFO for the China business unit. He was promoted to vice-president and CFO in 2008.
Anjanette Murfet is human resources director for Coca-Cola South Pacific.
With more than 15 years’ experience in human resources, Anjanette has worked in a wide range of industries in Australia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and the UK.
Previously holding the title of general manager of HR and communications at GrainCorp, Anjanette has experience in developing and building high performance organisations. During her career she has coached chief executives and their teams and been actively involved in facilitating cultural change.
Anjanette specialises in HR transformation, mergers and acquisitions, employee engagement, succession planning, and talent management.
Sarah Susak is business unit legal counsel for Coca-Cola South Pacific. She joined the company at the beginning of 2014.
After several years as a solicitor at one of Sydney’s elite private law practices, Sarah spent more than seven years with Colgate-Palmolive, starting as corporate counsel for the South Pacific business. Her career with Colgate took her to Geneva, Paris and the United States in her specialist role as marketing legal director, responsible for the African, Middle East, European and South Pacific divisions.
Before joining Coca-Cola, Sarah spent two years as partnership manager at the Wayside Chapel in Sydney’s Kings Cross, where she was responsible for designing and implementing funding strategies, including attracting new funding from both the government and corporate sectors.
Christine Black is public affairs and communications director for Coca-Cola South Pacific.
Before joining Coca-Cola, Christine was the director of public and government affairs at Novartis Group, where she was responsible for strategic government and stakeholder relations strategy.
Christine also has extensive experience in government advisory positions, having led the office of the NSW Attorney-General. She has also been a senior policy and media adviser to the NSW Minister for Health.
Carlos Diaz Rigby
Carlos Diaz Rigby is commercial operations director for Coca-Cola South Pacific, a role he has held since June 2016.
Commencing his career with The Coca-Cola Company in 1996, Carlos was previously employed as franchise operations director at Coca-Cola's Latin Centre, where he was responsible for delivering profit and volume goals for the operation – the largest market within the business unit.
Prior to this, Carlos held the role of franchise operations director in both Venuzuela and the South Carribean, the latter of which involved responsibility for overall business results and included dealing with 11 bottlers and 14 countries.
Michael Davis is IT client engagement director and APAC marketing lead for Coca-Cola South Pacific.
With over 20 years' experience in senior IT executive roles for some of Australia's largest organisations, Michael's accomplishments are based on strategy development and execution, delivering business enabling programs across many geographies.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Michael gained extensive experience in consumer package goods, working with Treasury Wine Estates and Fosters Group, both of which are recognised leaders in the beverage industry.