Learning to Lead: Coke Establishes Academy Inspired by Don Keough

April 19, 2013

Learning to Lead: Coke Establishes Academy Inspired by Don Keough

Coca-Cola is grooming 26 executives from 17 countries through an immersive learning experience modeled after the legacy of one of the most respected leaders in the company's nearly 127-year history.

The six-week program carries the namesake of Donald R. Keough, who served as president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Company from 1981 to 1993, and who will retire later this month from the company’s board of directors. A perpetually curious leader who humbly balanced the roles of teacher and student during his tenure, he stewarded the company through the “cola wars” of the 1980s and led the continued expansion of Coke’s international operations.

Keough also is revered for his ability to connect and cultivate relationships with everyone who came in contact with Coca-Cola. Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent called him the “consummate Coca-Cola leader.”

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