Former Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent reflects on 41 years at the Coca-Cola Company.
‘Never eat alone.’ That was the outstanding piece of leadership advice that former Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent passed on to MBA students when he gave a Distinguished Speaker Seminar at Saïd Business School on 15 October 2019. It clearly flummoxed them a bit, as they returned to it in the Q&A session. ‘How do you do it when you actually are on your own? How do you approach people?’ asked one student. ‘You go to them and say, “may I join you?”’ explained Kent. ‘I’ve never had anybody say no.’
The success of this down-to-earth, humble, and people-focused approach was evident as he took the audience through a brief account of his career ‘journey.’