Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) have announced that Jacques Vermeulen is the new CEO of CCBA. He takes over from Doug Jackson, an appointment that took effect from December 1.

Vermeulen was previously the MD of CCBA’s International Division, which covers all of CCBA’s Africa operations outside South Africa, since July 2016.

Jacques Vermeulen joined Coca-Cola Sabco (CCS) in 1995 as Head Office Financial Accountant and served in various financial roles both at Head Office and in operations before being appointed as CCS’s Chief Financial Officer in 2008. Two years later, Jacques was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Southern Division of CCS, and then in 2014 was appointed as COO responsible for all CCS’s operations. After a short stint as acting CEO, Jacques was appointed CEO of CCS in September 2015, a role which he occupied until his appointment as MD of CCBA International Division in 2016.

In Kenya, the company fully owns Crown Beverages and Equator Bottlers and holds a majority stake in Nairobi Bottlers Limited, all of which make up CCBA Kenya.