Sanket Ray from Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar, has been appointed as the President of beverage giant Coca-Cola’s India and Southwest Asia operations. Ray has been associated with Coca-Cola for a long time and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Coca-Cola’s Mainland China operations. Earlier, he acted as CEO at Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Ltd.

With the top duty in India and Southwest Asia, Ray will now replace T Krishnakumar, who has been promoted as the Chairman of Coca-Cola India Inc. Sanket is a graduate of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) and has a mechanical engineering degree from NIT Bhopal.

“T. Krishnakumar, current president of the India and Southwest Asia business unit, will be chairman of Coca-Cola India Inc. He will be responsible for building and strengthening critical local partnerships in India, supporting the new operating unit leadership team,” Coca-Cola said in a statement.

On August 28, Coca-Cola had announced that the company will restructure its plans soon to capture the global market. As many as 17 groups of the beverage giant has been merged into nine operating units under these plans.

“The company’s nine operating units will replace current groups and business units, effective Jan. 1, 2021, subject to a consultation where required under local laws. These changes will help eliminate duplication of resources and enhance the company’s ability to scale new products more quickly,” Coca-Cola stated.