Jane Wakely has been appointed European vice president of marketing for chocolate at Masterfoods. Based in the UK, she will be responsible for Masterfoods' chocolate marketing portfolio across Europe. Masterfoods Europe has also appointed Matthias Berninger as director for corporate health and nutrition affairs, effective 5 February, to advise Mars on public policy matters.
Muhtar Kent has been named as president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company. Kent has worked at Coca-Cola for 28 years and was most recently president of Coca-Cola International. In his new role he will be responsible for the company's operating units worldwide.
Swinkels' new role
Jan-Renier Swinkels is set to replace his uncle Peter Swinkels as chairman of Bavaria in March. Jan-Renier Swinkels has worked at Bavaria since 1986 and was most recently director of production and logistics. Peter Swinkels, who retires after 35 years, is the last of the sixth generation of Swinkels to retire from Bavaria.
Richard Martin, a regional director with Grampian Country Food Group, has joined the board of the British Pig Executive, replacing Neil Hammond. Martin has worked in the industry for 39 years and held management positions with Harris Bacon & Pork Group, DBC Foodservice and Hygrade Chilled Foods.
John Ripley has been named as key account manager for the northern region at Bakemark UK. He has more than 30 years' experience in the baking industry, having previously worked for Sainsbury's, Spillers Milling and British Bakels.