CCANZ Announcement - Barry O'Connell

Coca Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCA) confirms the promotion of Barry O’Connell, CCA New Zealand’s current Managing Director, to the position of Managing Director, CCA Australia – Non-Alcoholic Beverages, effective June 1st, 2104.

Coca Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCA) confirms the promotion of Barry O’Connell, CCA New Zealand’s current Managing Director, to the position of Managing Director, CCA Australia – Non-Alcoholic Beverages, effective June 1st, 2104.

This appointment is testament to Barry’s leadership and strong performance in New Zealand. It follows a CCA Group level review and the development of a strategic plan to respond to market demands and build sustainable growth for the business longer term.

CCA Group Managing Director, Alison Watkins, says Mr O’Connell’s appointment will reinforce essential elements of strong leadership and close alignment with CCA’s partner the Coca-Cola Company.

Chris Litchfield, CCA New Zealand’s current Sales Director will step up as Acting Managing Director of CCA New Zealand & Fiji and a decision on a permanent appointment will be made in the coming months. Chris is an existing member of the NZ leadership team and has more than 20 years’ experience in the local business.

Whilst the NZ business will be sorry to lose Mr O’Connell from the New Zealand business his appointment is a vote of confidence in his proven ability to deliver strong results.

Prior to joining CCA New Zealand in early 2013 Barry had 20 years of system experience with Coca-Cola Hellenic in Europe, where he again delivered strong results.

Mr O’Connell says, “Whilst I am humbled and excited by the opportunity that this role presents, I am also sad to be moving on from what is one of the best teams I have had the pleasure of working with. I am however confident that the New Zealand organisation is in good shape with a strong leadership team, a solid strategy and a renewed sense of purpose and passion for the future.”