Thea is Coke's longest-serving colleague in Europe. She began what would turn out to be a lifelong career in 1968 as a personal assistant for
In 2008, van der Jagt celebrated her 40th anniversary with
A passionate athlete, van der Jagt loves rowing and, in 2010, competed in The Great River Race – a demanding 21-mile trek up London’s River Thames. The event attracted 300 crews from around the world. She participated with a group of three friends in a small wooden boat and successfully completed the race from London’s Docklands to the finish line in Richmond.
Her love of sport was also rewarded in 2008, when her colleagues in The Netherlands gave her a trip of a lifetime -- to enjoy the action at the Beijing Olympic Games.
During her long career, van der Jagt built a deep understanding of the Coke business and its brands. When asked in 2008 why she stayed with the company for so long and what makes it unique for her, she said, “While much here has changed since I started, both in the Netherlands and globally, the staff still display the same enthusiasm and commitment as always and consumers continue to show great loyalty towards the brand. It is great to be able to work for a company like that.”
Juan Ignacio De Elizalde, Benelux operations director, says:
Thea exemplifies the cooperation of our
As a recognition of her achievements and ongoing commitments, she was personally invited by our Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent to make a special trip to Atlanta in 2013, on the occasion of her 45th anniversary at the company.
Although we will all miss her, Thea now deserves time for her friends, for rowing on the beautiful Amstel river in Amsterdam and for her new hobby – following cooking classes. On behalf of the entire
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