President - Coca Cola India & Southwest Asia
T. Krishnakumar (popularly known as KK) is the President of Coca-Cola India and South West Asia business unit. In his current role, KK leads the company’s business and operations across India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He is a strategic, well-rounded leader, and has been a catalyst for expanding Coca-Cola’s portfolio and driving growth in every position he has previously held. He has more than thirty years of work experience spanning marketing, sales and distribution, supply chain and general management. He has worked across different geographies including APAC, Middle East, Africa counting South Africa.
KK has spent almost 14 years in the Coca-Cola system in various roles starting from heading the bottling in Eastern India region at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Limited. He advanced through a series of leadership roles to subsequently lead Bottling Investment Group’s (BIG’s) operations in India and Southwest Asia in 2009 and thereafter took on larger responsibility of Region Director for South Asia before moving into his current role. He is currently serving on the Board of Coca-Cola Amatil, Australia, apart from being on the board of Coca-Cola Amatil, Indonesia.
KK previously worked with companies such as Henkel India, IFFCO Group (Dubai), Murugappa Group and Asian Paints. He was instrumental in launching new products and building new categories for businesses in several of these companies.
KK believes that consumers, people and brands are the driving forces behind any successful business. He mostly shows up at work in his white, cotton half sleeves shirts instead of business suits. He values time and upholds the importance of staying on schedule. His working out of various countries and travels to all parts and nooks of India endow him with insight and respect for different cultures and traditions.
KK was born in a Tamil-speaking family in Chennai and completed his electronics engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy (Madras University) and earned his post-graduation in management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His quest to acquire more knowledge made him pursue multiple refresher programs including an Advanced Management Program at Wharton.
KK is passionately interested in sports, especially cricket. He spends his spare time with his wife, Sujatha, to empower the rural and underprivileged communities through education.