Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company Irial Finan took time during a business trip to Ireland this week to visit his Alma Mater, the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway.
Mr Finan, who is a graduate of the BA in Commerce, was on hand to talk to students of the Masters in International Management, passing on his valuable expertise in this arena.
The Roscommon native is responsible for managing a multi-billion dollar internal bottling business, the Bottling Investments Group (BIG), which has operations on four continents, with revenues of over $8 billion and employs in excess of 60,000 people. Additionally, he is responsible for stewarding the company’s equity investments.
Dr Paul Ryan, Programme Director of the MSc (International Management) said he was delighted to have Mr Finan address the class.
“The aim of the programme has always been to bring real learning into the class room. The insights he was able to provide, leading a company with a portfolio featuring 15 billion dollar brands, will not only stand to our students in their studies but also in their future careers.”