Executive Committee

Jacques Vermeulen – Chief Executive Officer


A qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and Chartered Management Accountant (London), Jacques joined Coca-Cola Sabco as Group Financial Accountant in 1995 after completing his articles with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Trevor Wait and Partners.

Since joining the Company, Jacques has held various operational and corporate finance roles. In 1998 he moved to the South African business as Regional Financial Manager and was promoted to Country Financial Manager in Coca-Cola Fortune a year later. He was appointed Group Financial Manager for Coca-Cola Sabco in 2004, a position that he held for three years before moving to the role of Group Chief Financial Officer in 2007. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Jacques presided over group information systems, group procurement, treasury, taxation and business developments (mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance), operational finance and group governance. In January 2011, Jacques was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Southern Division and in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer for Coca-Cola Sabco (Pty) Limited.

Cathy Albertyn – Human Resources Director


Cathy started her career at Coca-Cola Sabco in 1992 as Head Office Personnel Manager. She is a graduate of NMMU with a BA (Industrial Psychology and Sociology) and of UNISA with a BA Honours (Industrial Sociology and Group Dynamics).

Four years later in 1996, she moved to the role of Region HR Manager for Coca-Cola Fortune’s Southern Region situation in Port Elizabeth. In 2003, Cathy moved back to the company’s headquarters as Group HR Services Manager. In this role she supported the company’s international business through global talent sourcing and various best practice HR initiatives.

In October of 2006 she was appointed as Group Manager: Human Resources, and subsequently moved to the role of Human Resources Director in July 2007, a role which she currently occupies. In her role as Human Resources Director, Cathy presides over Human Resources practices and strategies across the Group.

Cathy is also a trustee on the Coca-Cola Sabco Community Foundation and a member of the Global HR Council for the Coca-Cola system.

Ian Garnett – Chief Financial Officer, Group Finance


Ian joined Coca-Cola Sabco in 2006 as the Finance Manager for the Asia Division based in Bangkok, subsequently the Northern Division. He played a key role as part of the division team that helped grow the Asian business significantly over a sustained period, and in January 2011 he was appointed to his current role as Chief Financial Officer.

Ian has a BA Hons Degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham in the UK and is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). Following his articles in the UK he joined Price Waterhouse in Kenya where he became an audit manager prior to returning to the UK to run his family’s accounting practice.

Immediately prior to joining Coca-Cola Sabco, Ian had a 15 year career in finance within The Coca-Cola Company. He held a variety of positions primarily in Europe and Africa, joining as an international auditor based out of Atlanta. He was based in the UK and then in Nigeria as Region Finance Manager before moving to Belgium to establish a prototype Financial Services Centre. His final role was the Director of Finance and Strategy for the North West Africa Division based out of Morocco.

In his current role Ian presides over group information systems, group procurement, treasury, taxation, operational finance, group governance and business developments (mergers and acquisitions). He sits on the Coca-Cola main Board and the Boards of the various operating companies.

Board of Directors

Phillip H Gutsche
Chief Executive Officer
Jacques Vermeulen
Chief Financial Officer, Group Finance
Ian Garnett
Kevin Warren
Gerard Reidy
Dorothea Moors
Alexander Gutsche
Alternate Directors
Irial Finan (to Kevin Warren)
Kathy Waller (to Gerard Reidy)