Hindustan Coca-Cola appoints Seema Nair as ED, HR; Gaurav Chaturvedi, moved to Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages as CEO


Nair has spent long years in Cisco, where she moved up the ranks from a senior manager HR to director and CHRO for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages has appointed Seema Nair as executive director, HR. Nair will lead HR function of the company in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Nair completed her post-graduation from XLRI in 1994. She has spent long years in Cisco, where she moved up the ranks from a senior manager HR to director and CHRO for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Prior to that, she worked with Intel Corporation, Microland Group and Crompton Greaves.

Nair has taken over from Gaurav Chaturvedi, who has moved to Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages as CEO. Chaturvedi is based out of Myanmar.  An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Chaturvedi has been with the company from 2004 when he joined as area general manager. He was appointed as ED-HR in 2014, and prior to that he was zonal vice-president, Andhra Pradesh and as director, operational excellence.

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages is responsible for manufacturing, packaging, sale and distribution of beverages under the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company. The Company owns and operates 23 factories. It also sources from and supports 9 contract packers’ plants. A network of 5,000 distributors and over 2.1 million retail outlets distribute the high quality, great tasting beverages manufactured by Hindustan Coca-Cola.

Apart from Chaturvedi, 13 other senior executives at Hindustan Coca-Cola, has been moved to regional roles outside India in the recent past. Sanket Ray is now CEO, Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam while Mayank Arora is managing director, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka. Puneet Varshney is managing director, Bottlers Nepal – the bottling partners of The Coca-Cola Company in Nepal.  

Christina Ruggiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, says, “Nair will leverage her rich experience to usher in a culture of agility and innovation across our large manufacturing and sales organisation which employs more than 8,500 associates. 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.”

Ruggiero also thanked Gaurav Chaturvedi for his role in making Hindustan Coca-Cola, one of the largest beverage manufacturers in the country.


  1. Being the person who worked with The Coca-Cola for the longest period of time as it’s Sr VP HR (of the integrated Brand and Bottling Organisation in India and SW Asia) , I wish both of you grand success. Coca-Cola is a brilliant people centric organisation and you will be excited by the support you will get and the challenges you will face here. I wish you success and happy times ahead.
    Dr. Adil Malia

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