People on the move: October 2021

By Rachel Arthur

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We take a look at some of the new appointments in the beverage industry this month.

AB InBev

Ingrid De Ryck

AB InBev has strengthened its supply chain & logistics team in Europe with the appointment of Ingrid De Ryck as its new VP of Logistics.

De Ryck will be responsible for optimising the logistics footprint of AB InBev in Europe and improving its sustainability credentials across the supply chain: working with her new team to create a more agile and flexible supply chain. 

De Ryck’s previous role was as VP of Procurement and Sustainability for North America, where she was responsible for designing and operating an efficient and sustainable supply of goods and services.

Under her leadership, the North American region realized its goal of sourcing 100% of their electricity from renewable sources, four years ahead of AB InBev’s global sustainability goals during this period.

She also helped the business improve the efficiency of its fleet through technologies such as digital freight partners, Renewable Natural Gas trucks, e-trucks and hydrogen-electric powered trucks.

During her 20 years with AB InBev, Ingrid has held various roles in the supply chain, procurement & sustainability teams.

Carlton & United Breweries

Asahi Beverages has appointed Danny Celoni as new CEO of Carlton & United Breweries (CUB).

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Celoni has worked across alcohol and non-alcohol beverage businesses in Australia and Asia over the last 25 years.

He commenced his beverages career with Diageo in 1996 where he rose, over a 17-year career, to become Commercial Director for Australia, NZ & South Pacific. In his time with Diageo, Danny also held senior executive roles in Singapore, Korea and Thailand.

Celoni is currently CEO of PepsiCo Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.

CUB’s current CEO Peter Filipovic will continue in the role until Celoni starts at CUB and Asahi Beverages in February 2022. Celoni will also join the Asahi Beverages Oceania Executive Leadership Team.

C&C Group

C&C Group plc, a premium drinks company which manufactures, markets and distributes branded beer, cider, wine, spirits and soft drinks across the UK and Ireland, has appointed Ralph Findlay as a director and Chair designate.

Findlay will join the Board on 1 March, 2022 as a Non-Executive Director and will succeed Stewart Gilliland as Chair following C&C’s Annual General Meeting in July 2022.

Findlay brings extensive drinks industry experience to C&C. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Marston’s, the UK pub group, since 2001 and has retired from that role this month. Most recently, he guided Marston’s through the successful sale of its brewing business into a £780m joint venture with Carlsberg in May 2020.

Findlay has served on the Marston’s Board since 1996, having previously held the role of Finance Director before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2001. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Vistry Group plc in 2015 and has served as Senior Independent Director since January 2020. He also previously served as Chair of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Coca-Cola France

Odile Renard has been named as Vice President, People and Culture, at Coca-Cola European Partners France.

She replaces Véronique Vuillod, who has been promoted to Chief People & Culture Officer of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners.

Renard’s last role was as Director of Social Affairs at Modelez: having progressed through other HR positions with the company. Earlier roles in her career include those at Danone-Lu.

CCEP France produces, commercializes and distributes Coca-Cola drinks in France, with five factories and more than 2,600 employees.

Kingsland Drinks

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Kingsland Drinks, an independent UK supplier of wine and spirits, has appointed Charles Overin as head of marketing and insights.

Overin will lead the firm’s insights team and play a pivotal role in the development of the company’s consumer centric branded portfolio - including canned RTDs Vin Crowd and Mix Up and wine brand Campaneo. 

With over 19 years in the drinks industry, working with global brands and drinks start-ups, he brings wide experience across multiple markets and channels covering grocery, multiple and independent retail, wholesale, and the on-trade.

Overin has previously worked at Treasury Wine Estates where he was head of shopper marketing; prior to that he spent eleven years at Heineken UK.  

Kingsland Drinks switched to partial employee ownership earlier this year and has invested heavily in its infrastructure, production capacities and sustainability policies. It has increased its capacity for bag in box wines, a new canning line, a high-speed bottling line, and continues to invest in NPD beyond the wine category.

It has invested in a new laboratory focused on future-thinking and insights-driven product development and reinstated its on-site winery.  


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