Coca-Cola Amatil NZ appoints new General Manager of People and Culture

21st February 2018

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand is pleased to announce the return of Susan Lowe to the business, this time as General Manager of People and Culture.

Lowe served as the interim HR Manager for sales in late 2016 and has returned home from the UK to take up the executive position, responsible for developing capability and team culture across New Zealand and Fiji.

The appointment is testament to Lowe’s ability to coach and mentor employees and lead change in large organisations across New Zealand and the UK. Her work in previous leadership roles have resulted in a plethora of awards including the HRINZ Technology Award at Noel Leeming, the Best Workplace Award in the Large Workplace category at Warehouse Stationary Ltd and the Retail Employer of the Year Award for 3 years running at Warehouse Stationary Ltd. She also spent a decade at UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s as Service Operations Manager.

Chris Litchfield, Coca-Cola Amatil Managing Director New Zealand and Fiji, says Lowe brings significant experience and proven commercial acumen to the role, which will allow her to challenge existing ways of thinking and drive exciting new plans.

“I’m thrilled that Susan is returning from the UK to bring a new perspective to our Pacific Leadership Team and keep Coca-Cola Amatil as one of the best places to work in New Zealand,” he says.

Susan Lowe says she’s focused on making sure Coca-Cola Amatil continues to be one of Australasia’s best employers.

“I’m really looking forward to being back at Coca-Cola Amatil to some familiar faces. This is a company that really walks the talk, invest in its people and is a great place to work,” Lowe says.

“I’m passionate about developing people’s leadership potential and empowering them through learning.” 

Locally, Coca-Cola Amatil employs over 1,000 people and has four production facilities across Auckland, Putaruru and Christchurch, along with 13 bottling lines and three warehouses. In 2017 Amatil NZ received the Aon Hewitt Best Employer accreditation for the second year running, only businesses that provide exceptional and positive workplace experiences can receive the prestigious accreditation. Amatil NZ also won The Rainbow Tick two years in a row for its Diversity and Inclusivity credentials.