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EMBA student wins Muhtar and Defne Kent Prize in Entrepreneurship

Coca-Cola CEO and Cass alumnus, Muhtar Kent, awards £3,200 prize

EMBA student Renata Gubanova has been awarded the Muhtar and Defne Kent Prize in Entrepreneurship.

Muhtar Kent, the Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and a Cass Business School alumnus, awarded Ms. Gubanova the £3,200 prize during a recent visit to the School.

The prize, open to MBA and EMBA students, was judged on the basis of the most entrepreneurial final-year business mastery project which addressed a real-world problem for a chosen company, industry or research area.

Runners up of the prize included EMBA students Hernit Bhatia and Terunori Tajiri.

Mr Kent said: "It's incredibly encouraging to see such energy and passion for entrepreneurship among our students here at Cass. I want to congratulate Ms. Gubanova and all the students who participated, and look forward to seeing their entrepreneurial ideas blossom into thriving businesses in the years ahead."

Muhtar Kent was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from City University London. He was presented with a Doctor of Science honoris causa for his work in the field of international business at a ceremony held in London's Central Hall Westminster.

Mr Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 after becoming one of the first Cass MBA students to graduate from what was then City University Business School.

He held a variety of marketing and operations leadership roles throughout his career in markets across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, leading up to his appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive in July 2008.

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