Coca-Cola European Partners

‘From a secret recipe to a bold idea and very proud traditions, we build the future. Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is a major fast-moving consumer goods business in Europe and the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler.  Across 13 countries, our employees make, sell and distribute the world’s most loved drinks brands to more than 300 million people

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Some of the brands you will find in our portfolio are Coca-Cola®, Fanta®, Powerade®, Glaceau Vitaminwater®, Monster® And Capri-Sun®. At CCEP, we want to provide a workplace where people are inspired to be the best they can be.  We know that engaged, motivated employees, working to their full capacity and able to reach their personal career goals, are a critical part of our Company’s long-term success. We believe that equal opportunities means inclusion, diversity and fair treatment for all.

CCEP appreciates and understands the benefits of having inspirational female leaders and we are proud to have a number leading the way, including on the Board of Directors:

  • Clare Wardle, General Counsel & Company Secretary (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Lauren Sayeski, Chief Public Affairs & Communication Officer (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Laia Collazos, CIO, GB
  • Lesley Tout, CIO, NEBU
  • Francesca Faure, VP, IT Solutions Delivery
  • An Vermeulen, VP, Field Sales
  • Huma Allana – VP, Legal GB
  • Angela Corina Billiald Sabadus – VP, Legal, France
  • Shanna Wendt – VP, Communications
  • Cigdem Gures Erden, VP, Treasury
  • Sue Eifield – VP, HR GB


Case Study:

Samina Khan

Associate Finance Director

Background at CCEP
Since joining CCEP nine years ago, and with the support of the Finance study support package, I have become a fully qualified Management Accountant. I was promoted to a Finance Manager position, and during this time I worked in both the RGM finance (Revenue Growth Management) and FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis) teams. After my success in these roles, I was offered a Senior Manager role, working within the Home channel (the channel that supports the sales team who manage the relationships with Grocers, Discounters and Online, where our products are consumed at home). Finally, in November 2017, I was promoted into my current position as an Associate Director supporting the Grocery, Discounters and E- Commerce environments. After nine months, I took a year out on maternity leave, and I have recently returned to this role.

What support did you receive from CCEP during your maternity leave?
As I was relatively new into my role when I became aware I was pregnant, I was initially skeptical as to how to break the news. However, after I discussed this with my line manager I felt much more comfortable. He was pleased for me and also gave me some great advice, providing insight into his personal experiences. CCEP promote flexible working, so I was always made to feel comfortable with adjusting my hours if I needed to attend medical appointments. Once on maternity leave, I was able to use CCEP’s ‘keep in touch’ days to help me stay up to date with the team. I originally planned to take nine months maternity leave, but during my time away I wanted to spend longer with my baby, so I increased this to one year with the full support of the business.

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