Daft, Douglass H.
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Coca Cola Company
"International education ignites a passion for understanding other people
and their perspectives. That's one important benefit to working or
studying abroad - and it's essential to success in our increasingly
diverse world. Students with international exposure come to understand the
value of dialogue between people from different cultures and between
people with different points of view. They also gain an understanding of
the importance of relationships. Relationships are the foundation for
meaning and success in life. They are also the foundation for strong
businesses, especially businesses that care about creating mutual benefit."
"For almost three decades of my career at The Coca-Cola Company, I lived
and worked in Asia. From Singapore to Tokyo to Beijing, I learned about
different local cultures by living and working in those cultures. It gave
me a profound respect for how people are different, and also for how we
are the same.
Those experiences shaped my career in a powerful way - by shaping an
appreciation for the cultural and intellectual diversity in our world. I'm
fortunate today to have the opportunity to lead a company that is one of
the most internationally diverse organizations on earth. We operate in
nearly 200 countries, do business in some 125 languages, and employ people
from over 215 different nationalities. Respecting and understanding the
fundamental value of diversity is vital to who we are and the way we do
business. Understanding and valuing different cultures has shaped my
ability to lead our business, and it's an absolute imperative for anyone
who works at The Coca-Cola Company."
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