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Cisco VP HR steps down and joins Coca-Cola as Chief People Officer


Annella Heytens, VP Human Resources  at Cisco has stepped down from her role and  joined Coca-cola as Chief People Officer of their Bottling Investments Group reporting to Calin Dragan, President and CEO, Coca-Cola, BIG.  She will  based in Singapore.


Sharing  about her stint with Cisco, she mentioned the focus on people, culture, performance, innovation, continuous learning and being inclusive and diverse are some of the things she liked most about Cisco.  “I am proud to say we have become the most diverse leadership in Cisco. We have also become ‘Great Place To Work’  in so many locations, she added.”

She has also worked on upskilling the workforce through a very rigid road-map to improve the HR team’s ability to be part of the business conversations and took the group through a variety of development workshops and programs to make them perfect.


In her new role at Coca-Cola, she will be focusing on four key people initiatives. 

  • Enabling Growth Strategies (for example through performance systems, reward strategies, etc.).
  • Enhancing the talent pipeline (for example through talent acquisitions strategies, high potential pipeline development plans, etc.).
  • Evolving the business (for example through technology, structural change, etc.).
  • Upskilling the HR talent for the future of work.

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