LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) (ticker symbol: CCE) today announced the hiring of Clare Wardle as General Counsel and Company Secretary, effective July 15, 2016. Ms. Wardle currently serves as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Kingfisher, the European home improvement company. Prior to her current role, she held similar positions at Tube Lines Limited, the group responsible for the £28 billion infrastructure investments in the London Underground, and as Head of Legal Services for Post Office Ltd in the UK.
In her new role, Ms. Wardle will be based in Uxbridge and serve as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for CCEP, reporting to John F. Brock, chief executive officer. She will work extensively with and for the CCEP board of directors as Company Secretary, and will serve as legal advisor to Sol Daurella, CCEP’s Chairman.
“Clare’s strong track record as General Counsel for a FTSE100 company in the European retail industry, coupled with her extensive knowledge of UK governance, makes her ideally suited to lead the Legal Function of Coca-Cola European Partners,” said Mr. Brock. “For many years, Clare has demonstrated a keen proficiency in risk management, governance, competition and compliance, and we look forward to welcoming her to the Coca-Cola system.”
Ms. Wardle holds a Master of Jurisprudence from Somerville College in Oxford, and a diploma in Competition Law from King’s College in London. Additionally, she serves as non-executive director of Leefitzgerald Architects Ltd and Modern Pentathlon GB Limited, and as chairman of Basketball England. Additionally, Ms. Wardle has served as a director of several Kingfisher companies, including Kingfisher Insurance Limited, Kingfisher Holdings Limited, and Kingfisher France.
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Coca-Cola European Partners plc (CCEP) is a leading consumer packaged goods company in Europe, producing, distributing and marketing an extensive range of nonalcoholic ready-to-drink beverages and is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on net sales. Coca-Cola European Partners serves a consumer population of over 300 million across Western Europe, including Andorra, Belgium, continental France, Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam, the New York Stock Exchange, Euronext London, and on the Spanish stock exchanges, and trades under the symbol CCE. For more information about CCEP, please visit www.ccep.com and follow CCEP on Twitter at @CocaColaEP.