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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Prior to this, Andrew was marketing director for Singapore and Malaysia in the Coca-Cola Association of South East Asian Nations business unit, where he led marketing and portfolio strategy.
Andrew joined Coca-Cola Asia Pacific in 2008 as group marketing manager, stills, where he looked after the company’s unified portfolio of waters, juice, dairy, tea and Powerade.
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.
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