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Coca-Cola CEO Visits Cass

MBA Alumnus Muhtar Kent visits Alma-mater

We were very proud to welcome Cass alumnus Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Company's Chairman and CEO, to the School recently.

Mr Kent took a tour of the school and met with our eminent benefactor Peter Cullum, Chair of our international advisory board Sir Malcolm Williamson, Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey and the Dean, Richard Gillingwater CBE, as well as Paola Barbarino and Angela Bowen from the Cass Development Office. He also visited the MBA suite and spoke to students attending Henry Stokes' class on digital marketing.

Born in New York, Mr Kent was raised in Thailand, India and Iran, where his father served as Turkish ambassador. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 and held a variety of marketing and operations roles until 1998. From 1999 until his return to The Coca-Cola Company in May 2005, he served as President and CEO of the Efes Beverage Group, the majority shareholder of Turkish bottler Coca-Cola Icecek. During his time at Efes, he took the company public on the London Stock Exchange.

He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company's North Asia, Eurasia and Middle East Group from 2005 until early 2006 and served as President of Coca-Cola International for most of 2006, until his appointment as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company later that year. He succeeded Neville Isdell as CEO of the Company in July 2008 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors in April 2009.

Mr Kent gained an Administrative Sciences MBA from Cass (then City University Business School) in 1977.

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