The CCHBC Board of Directors have appointed Zoran Bogdanovic CEO.
I wanted to share some exciting news directly with you. This morning, the Board has announced the appointment of Zoran Bogdanovic as our new CEO with immediate effect.
Zoran is an exceptional leader with a strong track record of delivering results throughout his 20 years with Coca‑Cola HBC. He is the ideal choice to drive the momentum of our business going forward. He has demonstrated time and again that he is able to draw successfully on what makes Coca‑Cola HBC a leading member of the Coca‑Cola system: our people, our values and our ability to execute in challenging environments. He also has a proven ability to make our business more agile and innovative, as we focus on accelerating growth and becoming a total beverage company. Under Zoran's leadership and with your commitment, I am excited about what we will do in the future.
I would also like to thank Michalis for leading our Company with confidence and composure through the interim period and for his many strategic contributions to our business as Group CFO that helped pave the way for the momentum we enjoy today.
My final thoughts go to Dimitris. He left behind a healthy business with strong talent at all levels. He led Coca‑Cola HBC through the difficult years of the financial crisis by working extremely hard to reposition our business for growth. Still, he never forgot that the success of Coca‑Cola HBC is ultimately made up of you, our people, and our values. As a result, we have a very solid foundation for the future.
Please join me in thanking Michalis and in congratulating Zoran on his new role.