Edward Neville Isdell is an Irish businessman and former CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.
How do you go from being a young boy living in the small Northern Irish town of Downpatrick to becoming the Chairman and CEO of one of the world's biggest brands? While in Dublin visiting EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Neville Isdell sat down with Jarlath to tell us how he did just that by becoming the 12th CEO of Coca-Cola. Neville explains how moving to South Africa at the age of 10 exposed him to the realities of apartheid (8:00), the challenges of understanding oneself (23:00) how every country has a period of which they should be ashamed - and Ireland is no exception (1:01:00) From his very strange request to new employees (30:00) to the concept of hiring people on experience over qualifications (13:00), why he doesn't believe in career-path planning (25:00), his charity work to eradicate malaria by 2025 (Full Length Patreon Version Only) and much, much more, this is a truly fascinating conversation with an Irishman who made it to the top of the business world. For more information on EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum visit https://epicchq.com/ To access the full back catalogue of 193 Irishman Abroad episodes visit patreon.com/irishmanabroad. You can also gain access to the entire Irishman Abroad archive of episodes through our iPhone and Android Apps. Download the Irishman Abroad Android or iPhone apps for free using the links below. itunes.apple.com/ie/app/irishman-…d1101165812?mt=8 play.google.com/store/apps/detail…shmanabroad&hl=en An Irishman Abroad is brought to you by Currency Fair. Currency Fair is the official partner of the podcast. To get great exchange rates and to avoid ridiculous bank and broker charges when transferring money to anywhere in the world go to currencyfair.com. For updates on future episodes and live shows follow @jarlath on Twitter, visit www.jigser.com or email the show directly on irishmanabroadpodcast@gmail.com. Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Irishman Abroad podcast is clearly and accurately provided.
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Jun 8th, 1943
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1 hour, 16 minutes