Blog: Andy MortonHow a visit to the dentist helped Muthar Kent get ahead in business

Andy Morton | 26 June 2015

Want to know how to make it to the top of the beverage business? According to Muhtar Kent, it's all about the networking.

In an article in Forbes this week, the Coca-Cola Co CEO recounts the time he struck up a friendship with a dentist on a trip to Albania. It was 1989 and Albania was behind the Iron Curtain. But after their initial meeting, Kent kept in touch by sending the man Western magazine articles. The following year, the dentist - Salih Berisha - became the first elected president of Albania.

Kent continues: “Coca-Cola became the first foreign investment (in Albania), and in 1993 we opened the first modern Coca-Cola plant. President Berisha joined me for the ribbon cutting and today Coca-Cola supports over 2,000 jobs in this country.”

Worth remembering on your next trip to the dentist.

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