Leadership Lesson from Coca-Cola: Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Former CEO


Published on Dec 5, 2017
Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company joins us as part of Darden’s Leadership Speaker Series. Following his presentation, Mr. Kent sat down for a Q&A session with students and the community hosted by Darden Professor Lalin Anik. Lalin teaches the core marketing course in the full-time MBA program at Darden as well as the second year elective “Deviant Marketing”.

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Muhtar Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 and has held a variety of global marketing and operations leadership roles throughout his career. In 2005, he was appointed president of Coca-Cola International, responsible for overseeing all operations outside of North America. In 2006, he assumed the role of president and chief operating officer and in 2008 was elevated to president and CEO. He was named chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009 and served as chairman and CEO through April 2017.

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Mr. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Hull in England and a Master of Science degree in administrative sciences from Cass Business School in London. He is a member and past chairman of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Concordia Leadership Council. He serves on the boards of 3M, Special Olympics International, Catalyst, Cambridge China Development Trust and Emory University.

Recorded 10 October 2017.