#OutOfOffice

Coca-Cola Employee to Bike Across Madagascar for Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Next month, Coca-Cola Great Britain Senior Customer Manager Jonathan McGowan will be ‘"out of office" for a slightly different reason. He’ll be taking on a 500-km bike ride across Madagascar to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. A few years ago, in a tragic turn of events, Jonathan's six-year-old son, George, was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening illness. It was a dark time for the family, with endless late-night

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This Coca-Cola Brazil Employee is an Olympic Rugby Referee

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By day, Henrique Platais works as a marketing analytics manager at Coca-Cola Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. And when he's off the clock, he can usually be found on the rugby field. In fact, he was one of only 14 rugby referees selected to officiate the action during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. But it wasn't about luck or coincidence. Platais has worked hard to achieve his dream. "In 2009, when it was announced that the Olympic Games would be held

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#OutofOffice: Meet Coca-Cola France’s ‘Monsieur Football’

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As the leader of the Coca-Cola UEFA EURO 2016™ team, Manuel Berquet is a busy man. With the tournament kicking off on June 10, Manuel is focused on delivering Coca-Cola’s best-ever EURO activation. Football is not just a professional interest for Manuel; it’s his passion. For many years, he has coached at a Paris-based football club, Les Petits Anges (The Little Angels), and is now its president. We chatted with Manuel about his love of football,

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#OutofOffice: Meet Coke’s Roller Derby Rocker, Janine Berriedale-Johnson

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During the day, Janine Berriedale-Johnson works on the Coca-Cola marketing team in London. Away from her desk, she changes into her alter ego, "Mimika Mayhem", to skate in the fastest, fiercest and craziest sport on eight wheels: roller derby. With her team, the London Rockin' Rollers, she blocks, smashes and jams her way across the rink. Roller derby is a full-contact race on roller skates, played mostly by women. Its slam-bang action

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#OutofOffice: This Coke Employee Finds Her Mardi Gras Muse in New Orleans

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Every year around this time, Kirsten Stimmel, who spends most of her days as a member of the Coca-Cola Global Assets Team, packs up her car with dozens of glittering high-heel shoes and drives to New Orleans to play an entirely different role: a muse. More specifically, Stimmel is a member of the Krewe of Muses, a group of around 1,100 women who parade during the annual Mardi Gras festivities. “I joke that it's my European vacation, Christmas

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Meet Deklah Polansky, Coca-Cola Experiential Design Director

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What’s your background? I was born and raised on a small kibbutz in the Golan Heights, on the northern tip of Israel. After the Army, I moved to New York and attended The School of Visual Arts. I worked my way through school in an ad agency and as a photographer’s assistant. After school, I landed a role at The Arnell Group. They where my first choice (and first interview). I spent a year doing what all fresh designers do – working nights, weekends

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Paws and Refresh: Rescue Puppies Named for Coke Brands

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Michele Brann may have the most adorable six-pack of Coca-Cola products ever assembled. The content specialist comes home every day to six foster puppies: Coca-Cola, Nos, Monster, Barq’s, Pibb and Fizz. Brann is a foster volunteer for Angels Among Us, a nonprofit charity dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. She grew up with rescue dogs as a kid and adopted one from the Humane Society soon

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Doing More to Advance Africa

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Kim Liddle, manager of executive space planning, is passionate about both Coca-Cola and Africa. So when the opportunity came to serve as a peer collaborator for the Mandela Washington Fellows hosted by Georgia State University, she quickly volunteered. On a milestone birthday, Kim had an epiphany. "I need to do more," she told herself. And do more she has, from becoming an organ donor to advocating for wildlife conservation in Africa,

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Mom on the Run: How Coke's Maria Heskin Juggles a Busy Career and Two Super-Fast Kids

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While she’s not interviewing athletes and creating consumer experiences for Coca-Cola POWERADE and vitaminwater, Maria Heskin is busy parenting a pair of running prodigies. Lauryn and Ryan Heskin, 11 and 14 respectively, are both nationally ranked runners with Lauryn a champion in indoor track, outdoor track and cross country.      Last week, Lauryn and Ryan competed at the Junior Olympic Games, a national championship meet

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Coke Exec Tackles Human Trafficking in Young-Adult Novel Series

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Dark Rising, the second installment in Monica McGurk’s Archangel Prophecies series of young-adult novels was released last month. Her trilogy tells the story of 15-year-old Hope Charmichael, a survivor of child abduction, who faces the trials and tribulations of teenage life while battling the truth of her destiny.McGurk, senior vice president of strategy and e-commerce at Coca-Cola, is using her voice as an author to make strides against human

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