What a wonderful milestone for us – the silver jubilee of
I feel so blessed to have been a part of the journey from the very start. In my 25 years at Coke, I had the honour and privilege of working with the first 7 BU Presidents and watching the company grow to where we are today! I was lucky to have worked and get clicked with some legendary leaders of the company to add to my personal memories.
Our first big milestone was the re-launch in Agra in October 1993. So many wonderful memories!! Our Agra launch was a family affair and we took our spouses and kids along. We decided to do a market parade with our families and our bottler sales staff, sampling free product along the way, to demonstrate to the retail trade how happy we were to be back in India with their support. It was a colourful cavalcade, marching down the streets of Agra, alongside our open bay trucks and our trademarked tricycles with the moulded ice boxes.
I remember a colleague’s young niece fell sick while touring India and couldn’t leave as planned and then realised her visa had expired. A quick call to us and we worked with the authorities to have her visa extended. The girl stayed at my home until she was able to leave safe and happy. Another colleague’s parents were touring India and her father had a fall, fractured his leg and had to be operated on. This can be quite intimidating to an older couple away from home. No problem, that’s what family is for!! Our team went to the hotel and was there to help them through the hospital admission procedures and surgery and then see them off at the airport back to the US.
Likewise when any of us needed help anywhere in the world, we just had to reach out to the Coke family there!!
My time with
The one thing I missed is having a picture with Roberto Goizueta, Chairman of the company in the early 1990s. With several of the other leaders the pictures are part of my proud collection. My cherished memories!