Head, Revenue Growth & Advanced Analytics, Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages

Naina Desai

Naina Desai is an internationally experienced executive, with broad commercial and financial experience, and a deep understanding and passion for Africa. Born and raised in Kenya, Naina’s professional journey with leading multinational enterprises including Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline and Coca-Cola, has taken her to over 70 countries globally, and she has lived in various countries on three continents, notably Africa, North America and Asia. Currently based in Atlanta, USA, she leads Revenue Growth Management & Advanced Analytics for the US Operations of Arca Continental, one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world.

Naina is a passionate advocate for Africa and a believer in paying forward the invaluable support and mentorship she has received throughout her career from various people. She serves as an active mentor to many and has previously served The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation as Marketing Director on a pro-bono basis. Naina serves as an Advisory Board Member for Mbora, a social impact enterprise in Malawi, which aims to empower rural communities through digital, financial and health inclusion, enabled by technology and driven by sustainable agricultural practices. 

Her leadership perspective framed by her global, multicultural outlook, is anchored in a strong belief that organizational and societal engagement are direct functions of culturally astute leaders who can cross boundaries to create exceptional experiences and opportunities for their teams and their communities.